India travels documented in photography exhibition

15th Oct 2012

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has launched a new exhibition of beautiful and rarely seen photographs which offers a fascinating insight into the role played by Scots in the British Raj.

Charting the remarkable career of Fred Bremner, a commercial photographer who left Scotland for India in 1882 and spent the next 40 years working there, is the exhibition Lucknow to Lahore: Fred Bremner's Vision Of India. Containing a selection of 24 outstanding images, beautifully printed by renowned photographer Pradip Malde from the original glass negatives, the exhibition offers a rich, personal perspective on the people and places Bremner encountered.

Working in rarely photographed areas, Bremner travelled continuously over vast distances creating a captivating record of imperial India's rural life, landscapes and people. His assignments took him across Northern India and in 1889 he set up his own studio in Karachi, followed by premises in Quetta in Baluchistan, and in Lahore and Rawalpindi in the Punjab.

Migration stories curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery Sheila Asante said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to catch a glimpse of rarely seen images of the Indian Empire. Fred Bremner was one of the first photographers to capture the very north-western edge of the British Raj."

The exhibition runs until April.


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