Fred Bremner

Scottish (1863 - 1941)
Fred Bremner River crossing, River Jhelum, Kashmir About 1896


Born 1863
Died 1941
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Aberchirder, Banffshire
Death place Elgin, Morayshire

Fred Bremner, the son of a professional photographer in Banff, travelled to India in 1882 and worked there for nearly forty years. He moved all the time, covering vast distances to photograph colonial officers and their families as well as members of the native aristocracy. Bremner was fascinated by the Indian caste system, publishing a volume in 1897 titled 'Types of the Indian Army' illustrating the 'various races' enlisted as troops.

Glossary terms

  • A print with the chemicals carried in a film of egg white to give a clear, detailed image.

  • A transparent film of gun cotton dissolved in ether and containing potassium iodide spread over a glass plate negative. Wet collodion was sensitised on the spot and developed immediately. It gives high resolution of detail. Dry collodion was usually found to be less sensitive.