James Craig Annan

Bullock Cart, Burgos (1913)

About this artwork

In 1913, Annan travelled to Spain, accompanied by the painter and etcher, William Strang. The composition of 'Bullock Cart, Burgos' combines a strength and pride with the simplicity of the subject. The bullocks appear monumental against the low-lit background and the contrast between dark and light creates a sense of delicate movement. This melancholic image evokes D.Y. Cameron's comment on Annan's work, as 'reticent, reserved, weird and tenderly beautiful.'

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.