James Craig Annan

On a Hill Road, Granada (1913)

About this artwork

In 1913, the photographer James Craig Annan visited Spain with the artist William Strang. This photogravure, ‘Group on a Hill Road’, is one of several images of Spanish subjects in which the figures appear to be unaware of the camera, yet in reality have been carefully positioned to create a balanced composition. Annan never found the time to produce and sell an album of his Spanish photographs, but the photographer Alfred Stieglitz published eight of these images in the photo magazine ‘Camera Work’ in 1914.

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.