In 1854, a certain Captain Linnaeus Tripe returned from a lengthy leave in England to resume his duties with the British East India Company, the trading conglomerate that ruled extensive areas of Burma (now Myanmar) and India. He was gripped with enthusiasm for a new pastime that was sweeping England — photography.
He had become a founding member of the Photographic Society in London and taken enough scenes of the docks and the ships in his hometown Devonport, in the west of England, to realise that photography could be useful for his original profession — that of a surveyor.
When he rejoined his regiment, the 12th Madras Native Infantry in the southern Indian kingdom of Mysore, he suggested to his superiors that he and his camera should be employed as the “first attempt at illustrating in a complete and systematic manner the state of a country by means of photography”. They agreed and off he went to record and map out territories that included places rarely seen by the British rulers and cultures invariably overlooked and ignored.
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