James Craig Annan
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James Craig Annan

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The following essays offer a deeper dive into topics related to the history of photogravure. To read them simply download the PDFs. Many thanks to the scholars who have contributed to this site.

The Beginnings of Photogravure in Nineteenth-Century France
Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge, Department of Photography Curator of Special Projects The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Etchings of Light: Talbot and Photogravure
Dr. Larry Schaaf, renowned William Henry Fox Talbot expert and founder and Director of The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot archives.

Report of the Commission of the French Photographic Society
Summary of the contestants and progress for awarding the Prize of 8000 francs founded by the Duc de Luynes for printing Photographs in Ink. The journal of the photographic society of London, vol. 12, London 1868.

A Process of Selection: E’douard Baldus, the New Louvre Photographs and Palais du Louvre et des Tuileries
Addleman-Frankel emphasizes the significance of Edouard Baldus’s photogravure production in the mid-nineteenth century. She specifically looks at his 1866 book, Palais du Louvre et des Tuileries. Motifs de decoration, in which he reproduced his own photographs as photogravures.

Naming and framing ‘Nature’ In Photographie Zoologique 
Jeff Rosen explores the objectivity of photography as it was applied to science in the publication of  Photographie Zoologique, Ou Représentation Des Animaux Rares Des Collections Du Muséum D’histoire Naturelle in 1853, the first scientific work to be illustrated with photogravures.

The Clarence H. White School of Photography
Bonnie Yochelson offers an excellent summary of Clarence White’s seminal school and considers the pictorialist to modernist photographic trend in America in the 1920s.

Graphic arts intended to multiply by printing, considered from both the historical and practical point of view
JM Hermann Hammann’s account of the methods of photographic engraving and the photographic processes required to reproduce images in 1857.

“The Photographs of Alvin Langdon Coburn at George Eastman Museum: A Characterization Study of Materials and Techniques,”
Branchini offers an in-depth study of Alvin Langdon Coburn’s collection at the George Eastman Museum in an effort to describe Coburn’s working methods and printing techniques.

Paul Pretsch, Photogalvanography and Photographic Art Treasures
Paul Morgan’s comprehensive essay on Photogalvanography, detailing the story about the first published photographic art portfolio in ink – Photographic Art Treasures.