Fred Bremner

Fishing on the Indus (About 1890)

About this artwork

In 1889 Bremner returned to India with the intention of establishing his own photographic business in Karachi. However, the cost of this was expensive and it was the commission of two public projects that kept him afloat. One of these was to photograph the opening of the Lansdowne Bridge over the River Indus, which was arguably one of the greatest engineering feats of the nineteenth century. In contrast to Bremner’s shots of the dominating cantilever bridge, in this photograph, which was perhaps taken on the same day, Bremner has captured the traditional fishing methods used by the locals. The composition is characterised by strong horizontals, with the figures contained below the horizon line.

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.