Thursday Talks: It’s a Family Affair – The Annans


It’s A Family Affair: The Annans

Thursday 23 August 2018, 6pm for 6.30pm

£10 Members / £12 non-members 

Members’ (and their guests) Supper: Main Course plus Cheese, Tea/Coffee, £18

The Annan family firm of photographers was founded by Thomas Annan (1829–87).

ABSTRACT:   One of the leading photographers of the nineteenth century, Thomas Annan created some of the most revealing images of Glasgow and its surrounding environs that document the changing pace of Scotland from the 1850s to the 1880s. From purchasing the rights to Swan’s carbon process to learning the new art of photogravure, Annan was also a pioneer in the medium of photography. Of his seven children, two followed in Annan’s footsteps to become photographers in their own right: John Annan and James Craig Annan. While John continued in the tradition of documenting large-scale engineering works in Glasgow, his brother James carved out an international reputation that was integral to the rise of fine art photography in the late 1890s. This talk will survey the importance of this photographic family to the history of photography.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY: Anne Lyden is International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh where she is responsible for a collection of around 55,000 photographs. Prior to joining the National Galleries of Scotland in 2013, she was associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Anne has curated numerous exhibitions, including the work of Hill and Adamson, Frederick H. Evans, and Paul Strand.   She is the author of several books including, The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans (2010), A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography (2014) and most recently, A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill & Adamson (2017).

6pm arrival

6.30pm lecture begins

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