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Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860

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'A sumptuous collection of works by 19th-century photographer Linnaeus Tripe' - Royal Photographic Society Journal

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822 - 1902) is known for his photographs of India and Burma taken in the 1850s. Born in Devon in 1822, Tripe was to become a captain in the British Army, in which role he was stationed in India and Burma (now the Republic of Myanmar). There, he produced a series of technically pioneering and lyrical photographs documenting the countries' landscapes and cultural artefacts, creating a visual inventory of monuments, religious buildings and archaeological sites.

This sumptuous volume provides a wonderful survey of Tripe's work and was published to accompany a touring exhibition shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the V&A in London. It features photographs from Tripe's two major expeditions: to Burma in 1854 and to southeast India in 1857.  Essays explore the evolution of his practice and the importance of the sites he recorded, while maps and a chronology provide an overview of his life and travels.

  • Author: Roger Taylor, Crispin Branfoot, Sarah Greenough
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Date published: September 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3791353814
  • Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 30.7 x 3.1 cm

★★★★ 'Although Linnaeus Tripe enjoyed a short career as a photographer, his work is so fascinating in its detail that his legacy is still relevant today, decades after the last carefully arranged shot of a temple was taken' - The Upcoming

'Images of 19th-century India and Burma were at once technically pioneering and supremely lyrical' - The FT

'At the end of this great survey, we are left reflecting on sites that, though apolitical in Tripe’s eyes, are imbued with a mix of sacred and colonial history we are lucky he was there to document' - Photomonitor