Portrait with Interior Annan, James Craig  (Scottish, 1864-1946)

To highlight the virtues of the Kodak’s roll film cameras, George Davison persuaded several of his photographic friends to try out the new models so that their results could be used for advertising or promotion. Among those taking part in this scheme were Paul Martin, Eustace Calland, J. Craig Annan and, notably, Frank M. Sutcliffe, whose great enthusiasm led him to try out virtually every new Kodak camera until 1906. (Weaver p. 232)

From the introduction… This edition de luxe of 14 photographs by eminent photographers is a souvenir of the Eastman Photographic Exhibition, held at the New Gallery, Regent Street, London, from 27th October to 16th November, 1897. It is aimed chiefly to exemplify some of the pictorial applications of the Kodak and film photography. The pictures, without exception, are Kodak film pictures, and the assortment is specially arranged to illustrated a few of the various classes of subjects which can all be effectively exploited by Kodak photography.

Landscape, seascape, architectural pictures, portraiture pure and simple done at home, portrait head and shoulders, portraiture of three-quarter figure, portraiture of the whole figure with drawing-room surroundings, will be found pictorially exemplified in this little volume. We wish to express our hearty thanks to the eminent photographers who have kindly lent us their film negatives, from which the fine reproductions have been made by Mr. J. Craig Annan, of Messrs. Annan & Sons.

The photogravures are small pictorial gems by some of the leading photographers of the day.

“Portrait with Interior” by Mr. J. Craig Annan. This little picture shows what can be done with the Kodak in the way of home portraiture. The complete figure is shown gracefully posed in an interesting light, and suggests a more natural portrait than one generally finds in a studio photograph. Photographers would do well to make more experiments with the lighting secured by a judicious use of their ordinary domestic rooms. The negative was taken with a No. 4 Cartridge Kodak.

References

Weaver M. British Photography in the Nineteenth Century : The Fine Art Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 198 (Coe, Brian George Davison: Impressionist and Anarchist.)