Albumen print from a waxed paper negative
Image: 34.2 x 26.8 cm (13 7/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Paper: 34.2 x 26.8 cm (13 7/16 x 10 9/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2020.209
Catalogue raisonné: Dewan: CR6-143
The architecture was probably painted with bright colors, but Linnaeus Tripe’s photographic technology captured only a monochromatic range of tones.
Although the temple would have been crowded with worshippers, Tripe shows us empty spaces. His paper negatives and primitive lens required long exposures, even in the bright sunlight of India—too long to record an individual in motion. Tripe, photographing for the colonial government, may also have used his official status to have the temple cleared of visitors so he could obtain unobstructed views of the architecture.
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