Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) was an amateur photographer who arrived in India in 1863 and in 1965 went into business with Charles Shepherd in a photographic studio in Shimla which rapidly became the pre-eminent studio in India. Additional studios were established in Kolkata (Calcutta) in 1867 and Mumbai (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 ground-breaking 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 country 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.
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 Bourne in 1864.
albumen silver print
24.0 x 28.6 cm image
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, inscribed "Bourne".
Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Not on display