Fred Bremner

Bullock Cart, Sind (About 1890)

About this artwork

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.

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.