Samuel Bourne

(1834 - 1912)
Samuel Bourne Mussucks for Crossing the Beas Below Bajoura About 1866

Biography

Samuel Bourne was a Nottingham bank clerk with a passion for photography. In 1862 he left England for India and remained there for seven years, travelling extensively in the western Himalayas. Bourne often required forty servants to carry his bulky and fragile equipment. Given the challenges of working at high altitude, his photographs are a major technical achievement. As his correspondence reveals, he saw India through the eyes of a colonial occupier. He was on the look out for perfect views of the country, and intriguing images of its people.