Albumenized salt print
Image: 38 x 30.2 cm (14 15/16 x 11 7/8 in.); Image with black margin: 39.5 x 31.2 cm (15 9/16 x 12 5/16 in.); Paper: 39.5 x 31.2 cm (15 9/16 x 12 5/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2020.208
Catalogue raisonné: Dewan: CR6-135
An important pilgrimage site for centuries, this temple continues to draw tens of thousands of worshippers per day.
The tall gateways of this Hindu temple, characteristic of South Indian temple architecture, challenged the camera technology of 1858. Linnaeus Tripe, however, had a new type of device, a wooden box camera with a “rising front,” or bellows. This innovation allowed him to get relatively close to tall structures and capture them without radical vertical distortion.
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