Fred Bremner

Men Quarrying, Baluchistan (About 1900)

About this artwork

In 1900, Fred Bremner produced 'Baluchistan Illustrated', an album documenting his travels within the province. This personal project was a welcome break from the daily life of a commercial photographer. With portraiture at the core of his business, Bremner travelled incessantly photographing not only colonial officers and their families but also members of the native aristocracy. This carefully crafted scene depicting workers quarrying in Baluchistan is typical of Fred Bremner’s compositional style. He has staged the scene so that the viewer has an impression of the various stages in the quarrying process. This image is reminiscent of his other images of tradesmen. Always meticulously composed they show all the different procedures required for a particular trade.

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.