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Tanjore: Great Pagoda, Inscriptions around Bimanum

Linnaeus Tripe British

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One of Tripe’s most extraordinary projects was documenting the ancient Tamil inscriptions around the base of the Great Pagoda at Tanjore. In March and April 1858 he circled the temple, making twenty-one exposures to create this nineteen-foot-long panorama—the first of its kind in photography. An immensely difficult undertaking, it required Tripe to keep his camera perfectly level as he moved around the base and to make multiple negatives with a similar density and tonal range.

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