John Burke (photographer)

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Pierre Louis Napoleon Cavagnari with the Sirdars by John Burke, late 1870s
Warburton with Nauroz Khan of Lalpura Mohmands

John Burke was a photographer, best known for his photographs of the Second Anglo-Afghan War between 1878–1880. Burke was born in Ireland where he was a tradesman. He applied for a job in the British Army as an official photographer but travelled to Afghanistan at his own expense[1][2] using heavy cameras that would have needed transporting on pack animals[3] through mountainous regions.

Burke's photographs have been grouped in albums with those of Benjamin Simpson and other photographers, so definitive attribution is not possible for some of his works.


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  1. ^ MacDonald, Kerri. "A Collaboration Across 130 Years". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ Muthiah, S. (25 November 2002). "The photographer who came here". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ "In Conversation: Paul Lowe and Simon Norfolk". Simon Norfolk. Retrieved 4 October 2015.