Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Samuel Bourne, Three of the Carved Horse Pillars

Samuel Bourne (English, 1834-1912)
Mandapum, Showing Three of the Carved Horse Pillars

Such an impressive postcard I ever seen !

Samuel Bourne's name is synonymous with British Indian photography. He is the most researched and highly-praised colonial photographer. His work gave birth to a studio, Bourne & Shepherd, that still operates in Calcutta. Bourne's photographs have what his contemporaries described as a "luminiscient quality" that exemplifies classic Raj photography.

Bourne remained in India for almost eight years, concentrating on landscape and architectural views. He made three expeditions into the lower Himalayas in 1863, 1864, and 1866 reaching a height of 5, 673 m (18, 600 ft). All three expeditions are described at length in the British Journal of Photography. In all, he produced c.2, 000 glass negatives during this period. Bourne left India in November 1870, handing control of a flourishing business with studios in Simla, Calcutta, Bombay, and Delhi to Shepherd and, later, Colin Murray.

Thank you to Swap-bot partner ~ Liz for sending this to me.

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