James Craig Annan

The White Friars (1894)

About this artwork

Annan was one of the first to use the Kodak snapshot camera and this picture of two monks, taken in Venice, demonstrates both his interest in the capture of movement and his printing skill. This photogravure conjures up the glaring heat of a dusty road and the almost audible rustle of the men's robes.

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.