Archibald Burns was a Scottish photographer based in Edinburgh and active from 1858 to 1880. He documented the city through various publications and recorded the historic buildings in a section of the city that was cleared for improvements in the 1860s. Burns became active in photography as an amateur in the 1850s. He became a member of the Photographic Society of Scotland in 1858 and was one of the first members of the Edinburgh Photographic Society in 1861. He pursued primarily landscape and architectural photography and capitalized on new tourist markets for illustrated books and views in the latter part of the nineteenth century.