Photographer: Burke, John
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph showing a formal inspection of British troops near Kabul in Afghanistan taken by John Burke in 1879-80, in the period of the Second Afghan War (1878-80). It is from an album full of images taken during the occupation of Kabul in the later phase of the war from October 1879.
Burke accompanied the British army into Afghanistan in 1878 and worked steadily in the hostile environment of Afghanistan and the North West Frontier Province, capturing military and topographical scenes as well as the peoples of the country during the Second Afghan War. Burke also photographed many darbars or meetings that took place between British combat leaders and Afghan chiefs which led to the uneasy peace treaties characteristic of the campaign. His two-year Afghan expedition produced a visual document which resulted in his achieving significance as the photographer of the region of the Great Game (concerning the Anglo-Russian territorial rivalry).