Railway tunnel, Punjab
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Railway tunnel, Punjab about 1902
  • Scottish Art
Fred Bremner spent forty years in India, during which time he witnessed a huge transformation in the landscape. The nineteenth century saw vast British Imperial expansion and photographers were perfectly placed to document this process. Bremner produced several photographs, often as commissions, which captured the subcontinent as it was changing. He wrote: "Since my arrival in India in the year 1882 the great Empire has passed through many changes ... I have seen railways extending from hundreds to thousands of miles to carry the millions of people as well as great produce of the country... By whom has this been done? Obviously there can only be one answer – the Political Services of Great Britain and Ireland and British Engineers". However, Bremner’s comments do not acknowledge the thousands of Indian workers without whom the work could not have been achieved and the exclusion of Indian investors to the profitable enterprise.

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  • Acc. No. PGP 129.33
  • Medium Platinum print made by Pradip Malde from collodion glass negative
  • Size 25.20 x 30.20 cm (image size 24.50 x 29.40 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1987