The British Empire From Photographs India Book

Title – The British Empire From Photographs India Book

Author – John Fabb

Publishers – B. T. Batsford, London

Year – 1986

Photography was introduced to India in the early 1840s by the British. John McCosh, the surgeon in the Bengal area of the East India Company’s army, was perhaps one of the earliest photographers of India. In 1844 his regiment moved to the hill station of Almora, in the foothills of the Himalayas, and it was here that he took up photography as a hobby.

John McCosh used the calotype process on license from Fox Talbot, its inventor, who made use of paper negatives, giving cheaply made and quick photographs. However, the finish was coarse-grained when compared with the daguerreotype, which was finely detailed. By 1849 F. Schranzhofer had opened the first photographic studio at Calcutta. Since the camera arrived in India it was able to record unique views of those early victorian years.

see one of the earliest photos of Fort St George Madras In 1872 – Earliest Photo Rare

From the collection- c1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper Lovers (#5)., Britishers On Tour of Cochin Backwaters – Old Photo 1895., View Of Bombay From Rajabai Clock Tower – 2 Old Postcards