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Introduction
Murray was the principal of the Medical School at Agra, India. He photographed in Agra, Benares, Allabad, Cawnpore, Delhi, and the Northwest Provinces. He retired and returned to London in 1871. Although trained as a medical doctor, Dr. John Murray excelled as a photographer. The Scottish-born doctor was introduced to photography around 1849, while in the Medical Service of the Army of the East India Company. Stationed near the Taj Mahal in Agra, he evidently developed a considerable interest in the Mughal architecture of the region. Throughout the forty-year period that Murray lived and worked in India, he systematically recorded many famous buildings in and around Agra and the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. In the mid-1800s, no simple method of enlarging photographs existed. To make a sizable print, Murray worked with a large-format wooden camera capable of accepting negatives up to 16 by 20 inches. He worked with both glass and waxed-paper negatives; traveling photographers and those in remote places found the waxed-paper negatives particularly useful because the paper did not require immediate development. With this unwieldy equipment, Murray produced a body of work documenting India's architecture that remained unsurpassed in the 1800s. Subject of a photograph by Felice Beato.
Nationalities
British, Scottish
Gender
Male
Roles
Artist, Sitter, Physician, Photographer
Names
John Murray, Dr. John Murray, Dr. J. Murray, John Dr. Murray, MD John Murray
Ulan
500029341
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