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Camera Memoria: Some Thoughts Initiated by Lionel Gossman’s Thomas Annan of Glasgow

Annan-front-coverThomas Annan is a fascinating study, both in the particular case of Lionel Gossman’s fine monograph on this photographer (I nearly wrote ‘artist’) and in the general sense of an individual experimenting with a dynamic new technology. The tensions in this first sentence are revealing: photographer, artist, scientist. The truth is that these rigid categories become fluid in the context of photography’s development in the 19th century, and the work of Annan is caught in the vortex. Continue reading

How I Came Home

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For most of my professional career I was a teacher of French literature and much of my published work has been in that field. But I have always been a wanderer and, since my retirement in 1999, perhaps a rather reckless one. Sometimes I look back to see if I can discern any consistency in my seemingly random curiosity and research projects. Continue reading