Stonyhurst Annan, James Craig  (Scottish, 1864-1946)

In 1907 Annan was four miles southwest of Clitheroe in Lancashire to photograph Stonyhurst, a fine Elizabethan building with added Baroque cupolas at its gatehouse. Annan liked to work over the walls of such buildings. The light in this print is to a large degree the result of Annan’s handwork on the plate, though it is just possible that the shadows were being cast at forty-five degrees when he made the exposure. The empty grounds adds to the tension of the threatening whether. His work became somber, introspective, imbued with a quite extraordinary mood which he conjured out of the most ordinary subject matter. (Buchanan)

Reproduced / Exhibited

Buchanan, William, and J C. Annan. The Art of the Photographer: J. Craig Annan, 1864-1946. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 1992. plate 23.

Harker, Margaret F. The Linked Ring: The Secession Movement in Photography in Britain, 1892-1910. London: Heinemann, 1979. pl 9.5

Naef, Weston J. The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography. New York: Viking Press, 1978. no. 34.