Amerapoora: Wooden Bridge
With a surveyor’s eye, Tripe took this dramatic view looking across the three-quarter-mile bridge that led to the British residency on the other side of the lagoon. To highlight the scale of the massive teak pillars in the foreground, he included two figures seated in the shade of a tree and a small rest house at right. Many of the buildings in Amerapoora that Tripe photographed were dismantled after 1859, when the capital moved to Mandalay, but this bridge, which Tripe’s colleague Henry Yule called "apparently interminable," survives today.
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.