John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
Revenue Survey, Sindh. In 1861 he offered to take ethnographical photographs in response to the government’s call for such material:
T’he Revenue Commissioner, N.D., forwards for consideration a letter from Mr Ashburner, Acting Collector of Ahmadabad, offering to take photographs of the remarkable tribes in Guzerat, and suggests that he is allowed an assistant on Rupees 50 per mensem.’ The reply of 13 September 1861, asked the Revenue Commissioner ‘to ascertain and report if the services of Mr Rae, Assistant Superintendent Revenue Survey, are available for taking the photographs.’
At the Bengal Photographic Society’s 1864 exhibition, ‘Mr. Ashburner’s solitary work makes us regret that he did not favour us with more and larger views of so interesting a locality as the Caves of Ellora. To judge fairly of his picture it should be viewed in the Stereoscope, but unfortunately this cannote be done, as the slide is too large for instruments of the usual size.’
- Λ Bombay public proceedings, September 1861, IOR/P/352/34 No. 737.
- Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol. 3, no. 10, December 1864, p. 13.