Fred Bremner

His Highness the Khan of Kalat and Sons (About 1893)

About this artwork

A commercial photographer, Aberchirder-born Bremner worked in India for forty years, returning to Scotland in 1922. This group shows the Khan of Kalat seated on the right. The Khan ruled over the Baluchistan province (in the south-west of modern day Pakistan) from 1857 to 1893 until he was deposed by the British for his barbarous and cruel acts, including having his Prime Minister and family beheaded. The province would later come under British imperial administration. The photograph’s blank background accentuates the luxurious detail of the costumes.

Fred Bremner

Fred Bremner

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.