(England, India 1834 – 1912)
24.0 x 28.6 cm image
This is a photograph of the cascades on the Indus (also known as the Sindh) river from the Strachey Collection of Indian Views taken by Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) in 1864. Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) was an amateur photographer who arrived in India in 1863.
Samuel Bourne and Charles Shepherd became partners in a photographic studio in Simla in 1865 and rapidly made it the pre-eminent studio in India. Additional studios were established in Calcutta in 1867 and Bombay in 1870. They divided work between them, Shepherd doing most of the studio work and Bourne working outdoors, concentrating on topographical and architectural images.
Bourne's photographs of mountain scenery were groundbreaking and also extremely difficult to take and process in the fierce Himalayan cold. During his seven years in India, Bourne travelled around and photographed the subcontinent extensively. He made three celebrated photographic expeditions to the Himalayas between 1863 and 1866: to Kashmir, to Chini and Spiti, and to the source of the Ganges at the base of the Gangotri glacier. Bourne left India in 1870, but the firm remained active.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2011