This photograph from 1910 was taken in Mexico and shows a dead man lying on the ground, a man kneeling beside him, and two more men surrounding them with horses. The men surrounding the dead man are assumed to be friends who are tending to the man. The photographer is close to the men when he captures the image, making the viewer feel part of the scene. While the people in the image do not seem rich, they have guns and horses which suggest that they are not especially poor either. This photograph begs several questions. What happened to the man? Why are the men surrounding a person who is already dead? Are they trying to help him?
Bengal-Nagpur Railway Construction
This image from 1890 depicts the construction of the Bengal-Nagpur railway in India. It was initially observed that the photographer captured this image at a bird’s eye angle, looking down at the railway. There are many men who appear to be young men working together with women to construct this bridge. These people appear to be poor economically. Additionally, this photo captures the landscape and scenery surrounding the scene. The mountains and trees stand out in the background of this image. It appears to be very hot and dry, which isn’t the ideal weather for bridge construction. The bridge itself looks very flimsy and dangerous. Looking at this picture, I am left with several questions. What is the purpose of this bridge? If this bridge is not of particular significance, why is it being photographed?http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/search/collection/eaa/searchterm/Ag1982.0044/mode/exact
William Johnson’s photograph titled Bombay Police and dated between 1855-1862, shows four posing policemen. Three of the men have similar clothing, and one of them—the one in the middle—wears distinct garments. The different clothing could be a sign of rank; perhaps, the man wearing white pants and white stripes is the chief of police. He does also have significantly more facial hair than the others—is that a distinguishing factor, too? The image shows the policemen carrying arms which look like batons. The policemen do look menacing; we can deduce that they took their jobs seriously and served well, though under British command. We can also assume that William Johnson, the photographer, was not very threatening (or he offered some sort of reward). Otherwise, the policemen would have probably refused to take the time to pose for the picture. The photograph still raises questions: Why exactly does the man in the middle have different clothing? What kind of weapons are they carrying? Are policemen, in this time and place, highly respected?