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From Kashmir to Kabul: The Photographs of Burke and Baker, 1860-1900 Hardcover – 1 Oct 2002
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As international events draw attention to the people and landscapes of Afghanistan and Pakistan, images of these war-torn countries are becoming increasingly familiar. The harsh beauty of the region has been luring photographers since the Victorian age, the most famous of whom were William Baker and John Burke. Their photographs of the "Great Game" - a phrase coined by Rudyard Kipling for the power struggles of British and Russian imperialism - were an inspiration to the writer, and remain some of the most poignant images of the British Empire. This work seeks to piece together the remarkable careers of Baker and Burke. No photographers of the Raj era witnessed more wars, discoveries, news events and human diversity than did these two Irishmen. Few encountered more adverse conditions, hauling heavy equipment and glass plates over steep mountain ranges, and mixing chemicals at dangerously high altitudes, than Baker and Burke. Based on research, this text chronicles the early days in Peshawar and their move to Muree, the Himalayan hill station on the border of Kashmir.It follows their documenting of the Afghan Wars, some of the earliest war photography, and their return to the plains of Lahore, where they continued to photograph the region's people and landscape. Baker and Burke's story is also the story of photography itself, a medium that was evolving at a dizzying pace - as quickly as the world they sought to capture was changing.
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A good introduction to victorian photography.
Very easy to read with lots of information about the photographers concerned, although rather less about the regions photographed.
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One of the pictures on the page 78 titlled as "Ladakhians" which shows a man standing in sheep skin and another one sitting next to him have been called as hunters from ladakh region, but infact the man who is standing is "Jamsehd-the Siah Posh Kafir" from Kafristan and the man sitting is a Swati Musalman... this was explained in "The Illustrated London News, Sept 26, 1874 page # 206 with the same picture. Dr Leitner later took Jamsehd into his service and has given an extensive account of him in his book Dardistan in 1866, 1886 and 1893.
The exact paragraph( from "The Illustrated London News, Sept 26, 1874") is read as " we have been permitted to copy half a dozen of his photographs of the natives of these highlands. " Siah Posh Kafirs" figure in two of the Engravings. The name denotes nothing more than " Black Dress Infidels", as they are called by their Mohammeden neighbours, referring to the shaggy tunnic of black hairy goatskin in which these men are usually clothed. The bare headed man in this attire, with a dagger in his raised hand, appears to be just as he did when brought down to Peshawar. The one with the Ax, standing by a small tree or bamboo, with a turband swati seated below, is identical person now with Dr Leitner in London. His name is Jamshed, from Katar, in the Hindu Koosh; he has blue eyes and reddish hair. He was captured in youth, with others of his family, by Cabul slave-traders; and his uncle Fermorz rose in the service of the Ameer of Cabul to high military rank, but was murdered in his camp near Harat in the civil war against ameer's rebellious son. Prince Yaqub Khan."
These kafirs are indeed from Katar, Gambir and Dari... an area encompassing some eastern tributaries of the upper Tregâm Valley... where the language tregâmi was spoken.
there is mention of "slaves of kafristan" on page 126... but authour failed to mention the historical significance...
Another error is a picture of "Group of Baltees"... on page 76... they seem more like the Dard Highlanders... which have been repeatedly explained by historians like Dr Leitner, Younghusband and John Keay.
The book has nice photographs... which were taken by John Burke and William Baker... but the written material is not well researched... Any serious student of history should do independent research before giving a refernce from this book...