James Craig Annan

Posted in History of Photography, Photoblog, Photography by Rollfilm on November 30, 2006

The introducer into Britain of the fine art of photogravure is son of a late member of the well-known firm of photographers of which he is now a partner. He was born at Hamilton in 1864, educated at Hamilton Academy and Anderson’s College, Glasgow, and took to photography by a natural process of heredity. In 1883 he went to Vienna to learn the new and then secret process of photogravure, and was the first to practise the art in this country. At the first exhibition of the Photographic Salon in 1893 he shewed some of his work, and as a result was forthwith elected a member of the select international body of artistic photographers known as the Linked Ring. Since then he has, by special invitation, exhibited in nearly every country in Europe, as well as in America. In 1900 the Royal Photographic Society decided to hold a series of “one man shows” in their new rooms in Russell Square, London, and they invited him to furnish the material for the first of the series, which he did. In 1904 he was appointed, along with Sir William Abney, K.C.B., by the Royal Commission for the St. Louis Exhibition, to represent this country on the International Jury for Photography, Photo-process, and Photo-appliances. To Mr. Annan’s artistic taste and technical skill is to be attributed much of the beauty of many volumes issued by his own and other firms, which have effected so signal a revolution in the whole art of book illustration within the last twenty years.

Glasgow Digital Library

25 Years of the Brown Sisters

Posted in Photography by Rollfilm on November 23, 2006

Nicholas Nixon – 25 Years of the Brown Sisters

“For this ongoing series, the artist adheres to two unwavering constants. First, the sisters always pose in the same frontal sequence; Laurie, Heather, Bebe, and Mimi. Second, regardless of how many negatives exposed, only one is selected for printing from each individual year’s batch. This imparts a scientific approach to the work, with its unchanging variables, setting parameters for the creative process. However, operating within these limits also allows the subject matter to richly expand, allowing the viewer to partake more empathetically in the lives of the four individuals. Through Nixon’s photographs, we have grown into refined adulthood with the Brown sisters.” (Zabriskie Gallery)



See the whole series at the Zabriskie Gallery

New York in the 40ies as seen by Andreas Feininger

Posted in History of Photography, Photoblog, Photography by Rollfilm on November 22, 2006

I was browsing the George Easman House Archive and found these great photographs of New York in the 1940ies by Andreas Feininger. More information about Feininger can found on the introduction page on or here



Jewish shop on Lower East


Italian Store on Mulberry




Greek coffee house on Mul


Bryant Park, on West 42nd


New York 1940 - Ghetto, O


Times Square and L...(ill


New York 1940 - Center Ma


New York 1940 - Harlem, w


Bowery, 1940


Madison Street, Lower Eas


Movie theater front and t

New York 1940 - Sheeps Me

The real story of the Superheroes

Posted in Photoblog, Photography by Rollfilm on November 22, 2006

Photos and Text:

The real story of the superheroes
After September 11, the notion of the “hero” began to rear its head in the public consciousness more and more frequently. The notion served a necessity in a time of national and global crisis to acknowledge those who showed extraordinary courage or determination in the face of danger, sometimes even sacrificing their lives in an attempt to save others. However, in the whirlwind of journalism surrounding these deservedly front-page disasters and emergencies, it is easy to take for granted the heroes who sacrifice immeasurable life and labor in their day to day lives for the good of others, but do so in a somewhat less spectacular setting.

The Mexican immigrant worker in New York is a perfect example of the hero who has gone unnoticed. It is common for a Mexican worker in New York to work extraordinary hours in extreme conditions for very low wages which are saved at great cost and sacrifice and sent to families and communities in Mexico who rely on them to survive.

The Mexican economy has quietly become dependent on the money sent from workers in the US. Conversely, the US economy has quietly become dependent on the labor of Mexican immigrants. Along with the depth of their sacrifice, it is the quietness of this dependence which makes Mexican immigrant workers a subject of interest.

The principal objective of this series is to pay homage to these brave and determined men and women that somehow manage, without the help of any supernatural power, to withstand extreme conditions of labor in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper.

This project consists of 20 color photographs of Mexican immigrants dressed in the costumes of popular American and Mexican superheroes. Each photo pictures the worker/superhero in their work environment, and is accompanied by a short text including the worker’s name, their hometown in Mexico, the number of years they have been working in New York, and the amount of money they send to Mexico each week.

More photos and information:

Laurence Leblanc

Posted in Photoblog, Photography by Rollfilm on November 20, 2006

more photos & more information (french)