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Fishing on the Indus River, Sind

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Fishing on the Indus River, Sind About 1890

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In 1889 Bremner returned to India with the intention of establishing his own photographic business in Karachi. However, the cost of this was expensive and it was the commission of two public projects that kept him afloat. One of these was to photograph the opening of the Lansdowne Bridge over the River Indus, which was arguably one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century. In contrast to Bremner’s shots of the dominating cantilever bridge, in this photograph, which was perhaps taken on the same day, Bremner has captured the traditional fishing methods used by the locals. The composition is characterised by strong horizontals, with the figures contained below the horizon line.

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  • Acc. No. PGP 129.1
  • Medium Platinum print made by Pradip Malde from collodion glass negative
  • Size 24.40 x 29.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1987