The Annan Lectures have been given each spring in Glasgow since its institution in 2006. Currently these lectures take place at Street Level Photoworks.
2013 Annan Lecture
Dr Mike Ware
Chemist and Photographer Dr Mike Ware presented the 2013 Annan Lecture: ‘Cyanotype: A Blueprint for Visual Vandalism?’. Ware received his doctorate from Oxford University in molecular spectroscopy in 1965, taught at the University of Manchester and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1982. His study has centred on the science, history and art of alternative photographic processes, earlier methods of printing photographic images that were succeeded by the more common silver-gelatin used today. He is active as a consultant for noted institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Collage of Art, and published works including Cyanotype: The History, Science and Art of Photographic Printing in Prussian Blue, and Mechanisms of Image Deterioration in Early Photographs: The Sensitivity to Light of W H F Talbot’s Halide-fixed Images. He runs a website with practical instructions for historic photographic techniques and papers on conservation, historical essays and lists of resources.
2012 Annan Lecture
James Robertson in conversation with Robin Gillanders.
SSHoP hosted a conversation between the Scottish writer James Robertson and photographer Robin Gillanders for the 2012 Annan Lecture on ‘The Word and the Image: Narrative in Fiction and Photography.’ James Robertson is the author of several short story and poetry collections and serve as the first writer in residence at the Scottish Parliament. Robertson has published six novels: The Fanatic, Joseph Knight (Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year 2003, Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year award), The Testament of Gideon Mack (long-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize), And the Land Lay Still (Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year 2010), The Professor of Truth, and To Be Continued… (shortlisted for the Wodehouse Comic Fiction Prize 2017).James Robertson also translates classic children novels into Scots. Robin Gillanders is an Edinburgh based photographic artist, working primarily in black and white film and digital photography. He is is best known as a portrait photographer, and for projects including Little Sparta: Portrait of a Garden, made in the garden of the artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay between 1994 and 2004 and Highland Journey, inspired by the writer poet Edwin Muir. For this Robin Gillanders spent 80 days travelling the highlands in a van he modified to accommodate a darkroom. He published 50 of the images from his 5,000 mile journey in Highland Journey: In the Spirit of Edwin Muir in 2009.
2011 Annan Lecture
In 2011 John Hume gave the Annan Lecture on the unknown works photographers who worked in and for Scottish industrial firms. After teaching economic and industrial history at Strathclyde University for many years and serving as Chief Inspector of Historic Buildings for Historic Scotland Hume was awarded the OBE in 1998. He was instrumental in setting up local heritage organisations in Glasgow and has written major reference books on Glasgow’s industrial heritage. In 2019 The Glasgow City Heritage Trust exhibited End of the Line: Photographs of Glasgow’s Industrial Past by John Hume, shedding a light on Glasgow’s industrial decline since the 1960s.
2010 Annan Lecture
In 2010 SSHoP invited Joe Mulholland to give the Annan Lecture, telling the remarkable story of his former Glasgow neighbour and the discovery of an archive of work by Margaret Watkins. Margaret Watkins (1884-1969) was a Canadian photographer of Scottish descent who was unknown for most of her life time. 40 years after her death galleries and journalist Joe Mulholland discovered her archive of several thousand negatives, photographs and contact sheets. Mulholland managed to piece a together a history of Margaret Watkins, life in New York in the 1920s, street life in Moscow and Leningrad in the 1930 and her move to Glasgow to take care of ailing aunts. As proprietor of the Hidden Lane Gallery, Joe Mulholland has been championing the archive since his discovery in 1986, organising retrospectives at the National Gallery of Canada and National Gallery of Scotland.