The Mitchell Library holds over 1,000 photographs by the pioneering Glasgow photographer Thomas Annan.
Thomas Annan (1829 -1887) was the son of a Fife farmer and flax spinner and lived for most of his life in Glasgow. After training and working as a copperplate engraver, he set up a photographic studio in Sauchiehall Street in 1857. Annan concentrated initially on architectural photography but then turned his attention to portraits.
In 1866 Annan was commissioned by Glasgow City Improvement Trust to photograph slum areas in the old part of the city before urban renewal took place. This resulted in the landmark series of photographs, Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, which was published between 1868 and 1877.
Annan Photographs in The Mitchell Library
Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, 1868-1877
Building of the Loch Katrine Waterworks, 1859-1877
portraits of David Livingstone, Horatio McCulloch, Joseph Noel Paton and Daniel MacNee
the controversial Munich painted windows in Glasgow Cathedral, 1867 (many of these now removed and replaced)
Old Country Houses of the Old Glasgow Gentry, 1870