Luminous-Lint - for collectors and connoisseurs of fine photography
HOME  BACKFREE NEWSLETTER

HomeContentsVisual indexesJ. Craig Annan

 
  
Standard
  
  
J. Craig Annan 
The Church or the World 
[Die Kunst in der Photographie (Art Folio #5)] 
1893 (taken) 1900 (photogravure) 
  
Photogravure, Chine-collé 
14.9 x 18.7 cm 
  
Photoseed 
Photograph courtesy PhotoSeed.com 
  
 
LL/18694 
  
James Craig Annan (Glasgow)
 
Heliographed (Plate) : James Craig Annan of T. & R. Annan & Sons, Glasgow
 
Printed (Druck) by: Georg Buxenstein & Comp. (Berlin)
 
Printed title on plate: The Church And the World (sic)
 
The author William Buchanan (1994) comments on this photograph: "The title The Church or the World could suggest a late Pre-Raphaelite canvas by Holman Hunt. A girl, seated on a pony, is attended by two robed figures. She has arrived at a moment of consequence: she must decide between embracing religious vows or remaining in the frivolous world. From the start the fates conspired against Annan's unfortunate print. In the way of picture titles it often appeared incorrectly. The Church and the World gives a very different connotation to the scenario. Annan's occasional fondness for printing an image in reverse also worked against it. As a result she became a most indecisive lady. Sometimes she faced one way, sometimes the other. In France, Demachy praised it...(translation: "he successfully overcomes one of the greatest difficulties in photography: allegory...However it took all the artistry and subtlety of this remarkably gifted artist to obtain this result"). (p. 6-7)
 
Buchanan (1992), writing in an earlier publication The Art of the Photographer - J. Craig Annan 1864-1946 writes: "To produce what could be classified as costume pieces Annan sometimes used members of the local dramatic society."..."One of the earliest and most unfortunate is The Church or the World of 1893 with its allegorical pretensions." (1992: p.23) Writing in Camera Notes the year this example was published, (1900) Joseph Keiley reported the cuteness of the pony (1994: p.7) and called it the "sheerest travesty". (1992: p. 23).
 
A different perspective of the photo is put forth by Edmond Sacré, a photographer and member of L'Association Belge de Photographie. Writing in 1897, Sacré reviews the photo for the Bulletin de l'Association Belge de Photographie: "Let us stop for a moment at the three works in which there is a search for composition, and a philosophical or symbolic idea. In this category belongs the print entitled The Church or the World. Because of its rather sombre aspect, you could not grasp at once what the author wanted to portray... It is of a young girl in white, with a crown of flowers. She is looking straight at you and is seated on a small grey horse near to which are two monks, with hoods. The location is a forest interior in a mysterious setting and light...We love the work because of the effort that has been put into the aim of creating an idea whose concept is not perfect, but is nevertheless not without merit...". (Buchanan 1994: p.76-77)
 
And finally, Weston Naef weighs in with this observation: "In style and content this image is diametrically opposite Cat. 11 (The Road Through the Dunes - see an example in this gallery) and represents Annan's flirtation with the anti-naturalistic mode of photography, an aspect that made him appealing to the Munich Secession of 1898. The posed quality reappears in Annan's portraits, suggesting the possibility of retaining two styles simultaneously, which duplicated Stieglitz's vacillation between posed and natural subjects during 1887-1899." (Naef 1978: p.261)
 
Sources
 
Buchanan, William 1992, The Art of the Photographer J. Craig Annan 1864-1946, (National Galleries of Scotland)
 
Buchanan, William 1994, J. Craig Annan, International Pictorialist' In J. Craig Annan: Selected texts and bibliography Edited by William Buchanan (Oxford, England: Clio Press)
 
Naef, Weston J. 1978, The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) 
 
 
  

Getting around

 

Photographer: 
  
J. Craig Annan 
  
Photographs by:  
  
J. Craig Annan
Related online exhibition: 
  
Die Kunst in der Photographie (1900) 
Title | Lightbox | Checklist 
  
Themes 
  
Die Kunst in der Photographie 
 
Fragments 
  
Die Kunst in der Photographie (1900) 
Social media: 
  

 
  
HomeContentsVisual indexesThemesPictorialism > Die Kunst in der Photographie (1900) 
Pictorialism - Pictorialist publications - Die Kunst in der Photographie 
  
Portrait 
LL/18665
Portrait 
LL/18666
Portrait 
LL/18667
Portrait 
LL/18668
Portrait 
LL/18669
Portrait 
LL/18670
Portrait 
LL/18671
Portrait 
LL/18672
Portrait 
LL/18673
Portrait 
LL/18674
Portrait 
LL/18675
Portrait 
LL/18676
Portrait 
LL/18677
Portrait 
LL/18678
Portrait 
LL/18679
Portrait 
LL/18680
Portrait 
LL/18681
Portrait 
LL/18682
Portrait 
LL/18683
Portrait 
LL/18684
Portrait 
LL/18685
Portrait 
LL/18686
Portrait 
LL/18687
Portrait 
LL/18688
Portrait 
LL/18689
Portrait 
LL/18690
Portrait 
LL/18691
Portrait 
LL/18692
Portrait 
LL/18693
Portrait 
LL/18694
Portrait 
LL/18695
Portrait 
LL/18696
Portrait 
LL/18697
Portrait 
LL/18698
Portrait 
LL/18699
Portrait 
LL/18700
Portrait 
LL/18701
Portrait 
LL/18702
Portrait 
LL/18703
Portrait 
LL/18704
Portrait 
LL/18705
Portrait 
LL/18706
Portrait 
LL/18707
Portrait 
LL/18708
    

Checklist   


 
  
 
  
HOME  BACKFREE NEWSLETTER
 Facebook LuminousLint 
 Twitter @LuminousLint