Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860, Exhibition Catalog

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860, Exhibition Catalog

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Roger Taylor, Crispin Branfoot with contributions from Sarah Greenough and Malcolm Daniel

This volume on Captain Linnaeus Tripe, who photographed extensively in India and Burma in the mid-19th century, offers brilliant pictures that display the unusual combination of a surveyor’s eye and an artist’s passion.

 

Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902) occupies a special place in the history of 19th-century photography for the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s. Introduced to photography by those who saw it as a pastime, he recognized that it could be an effective tool for conveying information about unknown cultures. Under the auspices of the East India Company, he took many photographs of Buddhist and Hindu architecture and dramatic landscapes not seen before in the West. His military training gave his work a striking aesthetic and formal rigor and helped him achieve remarkably consistent results, despite the challenges that India’s heat and humidity posed to photographic chemistry. This sumptuous volume features several of Tripe's early photographs taken in England as well as selections from portfolios made on his two major expeditions: to Burma in 1855 and to southeast India in 1857–1858. Essays explore the evolution of his practice and the importance of the sites he recorded, while maps and a chronology provide an overview of his life and travels.

  • Hardcover
  • 11.8 x 10.6 inches
  • 228 pages, 102 color illustrations
  • Published: 2014


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