In 1889, upon returning from a trip home and after finishing working for his brother-in-law in Lucknow, Fred Bremner set up his own studio in Karachi. Over the years he based himself in studios from Karachi to Lahore during the winter moving to mountainous towns such as Simla during the stifling summers. Like many commercial photographers in India he relied on portraiture to keep his business operating on a day-to-day basis but he still found time to complete personal projects. Travelling throughout the provinces of Baluchistan and Sindh his images captured the diversity of the landscapes and local customs. Several of his photographs depict apparently everyday scenes, although on closer inspection many are artfully arranged compositions.