Amerapoora: Shwe-doung-dyk Pagoda
Tripe retouched most of his negatives made in Burma and India. Here he painted the banks of clouds on the negative and even added horizontal strokes in the foreground to suggest ripples on the water, possibly to compensate for numerous pinholes in the negative that caused a peppering of black dots scattered across the print. In the text accompanying his Burma portfolio, Tripe explained that he printed many pictures that he otherwise might have discarded for technical reasons simply because of the importance of their subjects.
Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)
With the invention of photography, the eighteenth-century British passion for recording exotic lands and studies of the peoples in India was given new impetus. The earliest photography on the continent dates from 1840 in Calcutta, the political center of British India. The technology for photography arrived in India quickly became popular among the local rulers-many of whom employed photographers at their courts-as well as the British who had come to make their fortunes in the colony. For both populations, the new medium replaced painting as the method for recording the local landscape, architecture, people, and important events.