Fred Bremner

View in Baluchistan (About 1899)

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 is one of Bremner’s most remarkable compositions. The alignment of the near and distant sloping rocks creates one sweeping diagonal that virtually bisects the composition. This gives a dynamic to an otherwise perfectly still and tranquil scene. By scattering figures around the landscape, Bremner conveys the sense of scale, adding to the dramatic impact of the photograph.

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.