James Craig Annan

Venice from the Lido (1894)

About this artwork

In 1894 Annan travelled in Genoa and Venice with the artist and etcher, D.Y. Cameron. He remarked that: 'It has been when I have associated with artists that I have made my most successful pictures'. In this work, Annan has framed the posts in the water against the far towers and then waited until the oar of the drifting gondola has cut the skyline of the city at exactly the correct point to balance this striking abstract composition.

James Craig Annan

James Craig Annan

James Craig Annan, the son of the photographer Thomas Annan, studied Chemistry and Natural Philosophy before joining the family firm T. Annan. His work was exhibited by Alfred Stieglitz in New York and illustrated in the journal 'Camera Work'. Annan was a member of the photographic association The Linked Ring and in 1904 became the first President of the International Society of Pictorial Photographers. He renewed public interest in the work of Hill and Adamson by producing exquisite photogravures from their calotype negatives. In later years he became an etchings dealer and no longer exhibited his own work.