Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Dr Anne Hammond

Current Research

The Influence of the British Etching Revival on turn-of-the-century photogravurists (such as James Craig Annan and Alvin Langdon Coburn)

Project details:

Whistler's Tonalism and Pictorialist Tone

Awarding body:
A study of the influence of Whistler's tonalism and the British Impressionist/Naturalist aesthetic of the New English Art Club, as promoted by the photographic critic P.H. Emerson, on turn of the century photographers such as Coburn, Steichen and Annan, with particular reference to their treatment of colour in the autochrome.

Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities

Project details:
An exhibition touring the USA in 2008-09 will open at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fé, New Mexico (8 May 2008) before going to the American Museum of Art in Washington, DC, the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It follows common threads in O’Keeffe’s paintings and Adams’s photographs in the context of their mutual interest in the spiritual in art. The exhibition shows the extent to which these two committed realist artists, Adams using a straightforward photographic technique and O’Keeffe with an apparently objective style of painting, were committed to redeeming landscape art from physically descriptive topography by responding to it spiritually, in photographic tones and effects of colour.

Grant title: Ansel Adams: The Photograph in Ink

Project details:
This exhibition, guest-curated for the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, uses Ansel Adams’s fine-printed books from 1930-1980 to chart the technological and aesthetic developments in the reproduction of the fine photograph throughout the twentieth century. The show begins by demonstrating how the main reproductive photomechanical printing processes of the last hundred years have been used to translate the qualities of specific photographic processes and styles of photographic printing. The photographic work by Ansel Adams, in particular, is analyzed in its many different forms of mechanical reproduction, and shown to have significantly evolved in technique and aesthetic expression over the fifty years of his career. The show will be accompanied by a book/catalogue, written by Anne Hammond.

The Digital Print

Project details:
Anne and her CFPR colleagues Steve Hoskins and Paul Thirkell are currently in negotiation with a major London publisher on a book dealing with the art and technology of the digital print, which will present a history of the process, assembling for the first time basic knowledge about the technologies, aesthetics, and market forces that have brought it to its present point.