Thomas Annan: socially concerned photographer?

I always thought that Riis was the first to take ‘socially concerned’ documentary images, but recently found out that Thomas Annan was commissioned by the Glasgow City Improvement Trust to photograph slum areas in the heart of the city. According to the Glasgow University Library website, the aim of the photographic project was to provide evidence for the clearance and demolition of the slums as opposed to actually improving the lot of the inhabitants. Continue reading “Thomas Annan: socially concerned photographer?”