'Jellallabad [sic] The Amir's Garden Sidewalk', 1879.
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A photograph by John Burke [1845-1900] of two soldiers standing on a path in the Amir's Garden in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, taken in about 1878 and published in the album 'The Afghan War, Attogk to Jellalabad, Gandamak and Surkhab'. Two Afghan soldiers stand on a tree-lined path leading to a small ornate building. A group of horses can just be seen grazing through the trees on the left. Jalabad sits 150km east of Kabul. The capital of Nangarhar Province it dominates the entrances to the Laghman and Kunar valleys and has long been an important trading centre. 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 a