Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860

September 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Location TBA

In the first major exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902), some 60 works will present his evolution from an amateur to a highly skilled professional, who created some of the first photographs of important cultural and geographic sites in India and Burma (now Myanmar). Photographs from his three main bodies of work in the 1850s—from official expeditions to Burma and southeast India—will reveal the elements for Tripe’s artistic success: military training and the ability to retouch his negatives convincingly to create compelling compositions. Tripe was a photographer with the eye of a surveyor and the sensibilities of an artist, a telling combination that sets him apart from others of the period.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Other Venues:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 24–May 25, 2015
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, June 23–October 11, 2015

Image: Linnaeus Tripe, Madura: The Vygay River with Causeway, across to Madura, January–March 1858, salted paper print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Carolyn Brody Fund and Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel