|Other: T. &. R. Annan & Sons |
|Dates: ||1829 - 1887|
|Born: ||Scotland, Fife, Dairsie|
Scottish photographer who utilized many photographic processes throughout his career. He made portrait and architectural photographs with equal ability, but is primarily remembered for his shots of the alleys and tenement buildings of Glasgow. "The Old Closes & Streets of Glasgow", a classic of documentary photography, has gone through multiple editions in albumen print, carbon print and photogravure portfolio, and book forms, but it is interesting to note that his British Journal of Photography (December 23, 1887) obituary did not mention the series. The obituary concentrated on his landscapes and reproductions of paintings which are now largely forgotten.
He was the father of J. Craig Annan, also a noted photographer.
Readings on, or by, individual photographers
Annan, Thomas, 1870, Old Country Houses of the Old Glasgow Gentry [Δ]
Annan, Thomas, 1977, Photographs of the Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, 1868–1877, (New York: Dover Publications) [Introduction by Anita Ventura Mozeley. Reprint] [Δ]
McKenzie, Roy, 1992, ‘Thomas Annan and the Scottish Landscape: Among the Gray Edifices‘, History of Photography, vol. 16, no. 1, p. 40 [Δ]
Mozley, Anita Ventura, 1977, Thomas Annan: Photographs of The Old Closes And Streets of Glasgow 1868/1877, (New York: Dover Publications, Inc.) [With a supplement of 15 related views) with a new introduction by Anita Ventura Mozley. Published through the Cooperation of The International Museum of Photography / George Eastman House] [Δ]
Spring, Ian, 1996, ‘Midnight Scenes and Social Photographs: Thomas Annan's Glasgow‘, in Debra N. Mancoff & D.J. Trela (eds.), 1996, Victorian Urban Settings: Essays on the Nineteenth-Century City and Its Contexts, (New York: Garland), pp. 195-213 [Δ]
Stevenson, Sara, 1990, Thomas Annan 1829-1887, (Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland) [Δ]
Young, William (introduction), 1900, The Old Closes & Streets of Glasgow - engraved by Annan from Photographs taken for the City of Glasgow Improvement Trust, (Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons) [Δ]
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