The Annan Lecturers 2014 – 2019
The Annan Lectures have been given each spring in Glasgow since its institution in 2006. Currently these lectures take place at Street Level Photoworks.
2019 Annan Lecture
Dr Juliet Hacking
Dr Juliet Hacking presented the 2019 Annan Lecture, Photography, The Art World and The Art Market at Street Level Photoworks. She discussed photography’s place within the art world, its rise to be accepted as a major art form and the consequences of that acceptance. Juliet Hacking is the Programme Director of the MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. She started her academic career as a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Derby and Reading and at the Courtauld Institute, before joining the photography department at Sotheby’s Auction House and subsequently The Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She held the position of Director of the MA in Photography for 10 years. She is the author of ‘Lives of the Great Photographers’ (2015), general editor of ‘Photography: The Whole Story‘ (2012) [both Thames & Hudson], and has recently published ‘Photography and the Art Market’ (2018) with (Lund Humphries).
2018 Annan Lecture
Louise Pearson, Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland gave the 2018 Annan Lecture entitled Developing the Picture: Scotland’s Photography Collection. She drew on a wealth of experience she has garnered caring for and promoting Scotland’s national collection of photography: a bank of over 40,000 photographs from the earliest examples of photography to contemporary work.
2017 Annan Lecture
Zelda Cheatle, acclaimed curator, lecturer, editor and publisher delivered the 2017 Annan Lecture, Talking about Photography. Zelda Cheatle established her Gallery Career at the renowned Photographer’s Gallery in London before opening and running the Zelda Cheatle Gallery from 1989-2003. She exhibited work by Eve Arnold, Berenice Abbot, Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, Lee Freidlander, Robert Frank and Bill Brandt, amongst many others, while championing emerging artists. She has also served as a visiting lecturer in both Photography B.A. and M.A. Courses at universities across the UK including Central St Martins, University of Ulster, Belfast and Sotheby’s Institute.She has most recently curated exhibitions at Sony World Photography Awards and Art Jameel.
2016 Annan Lecture
Dr Roberta McGrath
The 2016 Annan Lecture, The Wide Margins of Photographic History, by Dr Roberta McGrath discussed the importance of other histories and theories and what it means to look at a photograph. Dr Roberta McGrath is Associate Lecturer in Photographic Theory and Criticism at Edinburgh Napier University. She has published much on the history, theory and politics of photography, including Seeing her Sex: Medical Archives and the Female Body and History Read Backward: Memory, Migration and the Photographic Archive. She is a leading authority on visual representation and the way in which images are viewed and consumed. She regularly lectures for the National Galleries of Scotland and is a contributor to Source photographic magazine.
2015 Annan Lecture
Anne McNeil, the director of Impressions Gallery presented This Much I Know, a discourse sharing the lessons learned in a photography career for the 2015 Annan Lecture. Anne has been working in the field of photography since 1984, where she served as a darkroom worker at Camerawork in London. She established Photoworks in the early 90s, and has been the director and curator of Impressions Gallery since 2000. Since its inception in 1972, as one of the first photographic galleries in Europe, it has become of the the UK’s premier venues for contemporary photography. Anne is regularly invited to be a judge at international awards, most recently for the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant, New York.
2014 Annan Lecture
Dr Annie Lyden
From Glasgow to Edinburgh, by way of Los Angeles: a curatorial journey, the 2014 Annan Lecture by Dr Annie Lyden, was a unique talk narrating Annie’s eighteen years of experience working as Associate Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and her return to Scotland to take the position of International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. She is the author of several publications, including Railroad Vision: Photography, Travel and Perception, The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans and A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. She is now the Chief Curator of Photography for the National Galleries of Scotland.