Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) was an amateur photographer who arrived in India in 1863 and in 1965 opened a photographic studio in Shimla with Charles Shepherd 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 left India in 1870, but the firm remained active.
During his seven years in India, Bourne travelled around and photographed the country extensively. Some of his work was published in a catalogue series called ‘Photographic Views in India’. 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's photographs of mountain scenery were ground-breaking and also extremely difficult to take and process in the fierce Himalayan cold.
This is a view looking across the Dal Canal in Kashmir and is from the Album of Indian Views compiled by Bourne in 1864.
View on the Dal Canal, Srinigar, Kashmir
albumen silver print mounted on card
24.2 x 29.4 cm image; 26.8 x 34.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed bot.c., inscribed "Bourne...".
Gift of Jim Masselos 2011
Not on display