ISBN 9783791353814,Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860



Prestel Publishing

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9783791353814

ISBN-10 3791353810


Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)


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 photographs from Tripe's two major expeditions: to Burma in 1854 and to southeast India in 1857. 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.
About the Author: Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Photographic History at De Montfort University, Leicester. Crispin Branfoot is Senior Lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Sarah Greenough is Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art. Malcolm Daniel is Curator in Charge, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.