Fred Bremner

Louise Marguerite Bridge, Chappar Rift, Baluchistan (About 1889)

About this artwork

This is one of Fred Bremner’s best known images, showing the bridge named after the Duchess of Connaught who opened it in 1887. An impressive feat of engineering, Bremner described it as: "the most interesting view on the Sind-Pishin Railway … the whole scene being rugged in the extreme, and conveying to passengers an impression of great danger". By including figures in the foreground of the image Bremner gives a sense of the immense scale. The nineteenth century saw British Imperial expansion and photographers were perfectly placed to document this process. Bremner produced several photographs, often as commissions, which captured the Indian subcontinent as it was changing. Today, the bridge no longer exists, the railway line having been closed in 1942.

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.