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Fixing the Negative - The End of the Afghan War - Photographing the Ameer Yakoob Khan at Gandamak
Provided by the artist - Edward Grazda
It is an engraving of a sketch by Frederic Villiers [1851-1922] that was published in "The Graphic", July 12, 1879
'Mr. J. Burke the photographic artist attached to our Indian Army to illustrate the advance of the troops and the grand scenery of Afghanistan, was permitted by the Ameer of Cabul (sic) to take a series of pictures of himself and his suite at the camp at Gandamak. One of my sketches illustrates the process of 'posing' the Ameer, who indulged in a quiet smoke during the preparation of the photographic plates. After Mr. Burke had taken him in his gorgeous uniform of white and gold, the Ameer showed great anxiety to see the results, and Major Cavagnari explained to him the process of photography.'
This illustration has been reprinted in "From Kashmir to Kabul: The Photographs of Burke and Baker" by Omar Khan (Prestel Verlag/Mapin Publishing, 2002).
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