Railway bridge, possibly Baluchistan
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Railway bridge, possibly Baluchistan about 1900
  • Scottish Art
In the mid to late-nineteenth century, the British oversaw the development of infrastructure throughout the Indian subcontinent with the intention of exerting greater economic and political control. Photographers were perfectly placed to document this process. Bremner produced several photographs, often as commissions, capturing the changing landscape. He wrote: "Since my arrival in India in the year 1882 the great Empire has passed through many changes – changes in the spirit of the people as well as changes in the industrial development of the country... 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 this work could not have been achieved and the exclusion of Indian investors to this profitable enterprise.

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

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  • Acc. No. PGP 129.53
  • Medium Glass negative
  • Size 24.90 x 29.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1987