Recorded Talk: The TREE, the BIRD, the FISH, the BELL …and the PHOTOGRAPHER: Thomas Annan’s Glasgow




The photographer Thomas Annan (1829-1887) established his photographic business in Glasgow in 1857 and for the next thirty years documented the city at a time of exponential growth.

His interest in the Second City of the Empire covered all areas: from the slum housing of the working classes and immigrants settled in the east end to the mansions and country houses of the wealthy landowners located in the suburbs. His photographs astutely recorded the city, its people and the social changes occurring during the second half of the nineteenth century.

The talk covers the various Glasgow projects that Annan embarked on, including Photographs of Glasgow College, The Old Country Houses of the Old Glasgow Gentry and Photographs of Old Closes and Streets.

Anne Lyden is Chief Curator, Photography at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh where she is responsible for a collection of 55,000 photographs. Prior to joining NGS, Annie was associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.  She has curated numerous exhibitions, including the work of Hill and Adamson, Paul Strand, and Diane Arbus. She is the author of several books including, Railroad Vision: Photography, Travel and Perception (2003), The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans (2010), A Royal Passion: Photography and Queen Victoria (2014) and most recently, A Perfect Chemistry: The Photographs of Hill & Adamson (2017).

This event was recorded in front of a virtual audience via Zoom on 24th November 2021.

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