Peaceful now, but stained with horrible memories - Massacre Ghat on Ganges, Cawnpore, India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of the Sati Chaura Ghat at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This image, with an Indian standing with a cow and two donkeys in the foreground, shows the ghat which was the site of an attack on British forces by Nana Sahib during the Indian Uprising of 1857 which resulted in a great loss of life on both sides. This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect, which were sold together with a book of descriptions and a map. 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.