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The Photography of Victorian Scotland$
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Roddy Simpson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748654611

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.001.0001

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Recording Social Conditions and Industrial Change: Photographs of what was Being Lost and what was Replacing it

Recording Social Conditions and Industrial Change: Photographs of what was Being Lost and what was Replacing it

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(p.134) Chapter 7 Recording Social Conditions and Industrial Change: Photographs of what was Being Lost and what was Replacing it
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The Photography of Victorian Scotland
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Roddy Simpson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.003.0008

The decades that followed the announcement of the invention of photography were of unprecedented change socially and industrially, which especially affected towns and cities. However, it would take time before these changes became a subject for photography. Although much was written about social conditions, particularly the poor, the camera was slow to record these conditions. There seemed to be an even greater reluctance to record images of the poor themselves. There was an equal slowness to look at industrial activities. Thomas Annan (1829–87) was an exceptional photographer and excelled in various aspects of the medium. This chapter focuses on his recording of social change and industrial development.

Keywords:   social change, photography, photographs, poor, industrial activities, Thomas Annan, photographers

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