'Sons of Nowroz Khan With Attendants', c 1878.
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A photograph by John Burke [1845-1900] of a group of young Afghans, sons of a tribal ruler, taken in about 1878 and published in the album 'The Afghan War, Attogk to Jellalabad, Gandamak and Surkhab'. These Afghans look proud and noble in their fine robes and turbans. A pioneer of photography in India, John Burke began working in Peshawar, as an assistant to the commercial photographer William Baker. Baker took up photography on retiring from the British Army in 1861 and Burke himself had worked as an apothecary in the Royal Artillery. When Baker stopped working in 1873 Burke carried on, recording the evolution of the Indian Raj in the late nineteenth century. Burke accompanied the British army on its advance into Afghanistan during the Second Afghan War of 1878-1879.