He joined the East India Company army in 1838 and became a lieutenant in 1840 based in the south of India. He returned to England in 1850 on leave which was extended due to ill health until 1854. During this time he began to experiment with photography. He returned to Bangalore, India, as a captain in June 1854. In December of that year he made his first photographs of India. In February of the following year he took part in the "Madras Exhibition of Raw Products, Arts, and Manufactures of Southern India" displaying 68 photographs of previously unphotographed temples. These photographs were declared to be the "best series of photographic views on paper" by the jury.
In June 1855 Tripe accompanied an official expedition to Burma to obtain representations of scenes and buildings. The result of this visit was the publication of Burma Views. This was widely distributed and very well received.
In March 1857 he became official photographer to the Madras government, taking photographs of objects shown at the Madras exhibition and portraits of Madras residents. In 1858 he took photographs of subjects with architectural or antiquarian interest, and also those... Read More