Looking S.W. down street of oriental shops and homes to Vazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of Lahore in Pakistan, taken by James Ricalton in c.1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This image is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope' (1907), 'The city before us is an important railway center, with workshops covering one hundred and twenty-six acres, and employing two thousand men. The cantonment, or military and European quarter, occupies the entire outlying neighborhood, and embraces many beautiful gardens and private homes...We are in search of scenes peculiar to the country, therefore have I chosen a native thoroughfare in the native quarter...Have you noticed the oriel windows? They are common in every street, and some are very beautiful.' This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. The series was sold together with a book of descriptions and a map with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was touring around India. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century and revolutionised photography. They cut down exposure time and thus allowed for some movement in the image without blurring as subjects were not required to sit for long periods to produce sharp results.