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J. Craig Annan
Les Frères Blanc
[Photo-Club de Paris / 1896, Pl. XIV]
Heliogravure / Photogravure
40.0 cm x 28.8 (page)
Photograph courtesy PhotoSeed.com
Country: Scotland: Glasgow
This photograph, taken in Italy in 1894 and also known as The White Friars, is an early example of stop-movement photography made by Annan with a hand-held camera. This plate is a slight variant crop on one made by Annan and reproduced as Plate #2 in the book by Weston Naef (1978) The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography (The Metropolitan Museum of Art / The Viking Press) That version shows the entire shadow cast on ground in lower right and more detail in the print.
Annan, a contemporary of Stieglitz and important influence on him, was not only a gifted photographer but also a publisher who made his own copper plates for printing photogravures for himself and the family firm: T & R Annan & Sons. Today, the Annan family is still in business- operating The Annan Gallery (a fine art dealer gallery) at 164 Woodlands Road in Glasgow.
Plate (Graveur) by James Craig Annan
Printed by Ateliers Charles Wittmann
Included in the "Troisième Exposition d'Art Photographique" of the Photo-Club of Paris (1896)