Photographic Journeys in the Himalayas



   Samuel Bourne was perhaps the most influential landscape and architectural photographer active in India during the Nineteenth Century. He worked India from 1863 to 1870, and co-founded the photographic studio of Bourne & Shepherd in Simla and Calcutta

    This book collects together for the first time, the complete texts of his most important photographic writings.  Most important are the four series of letters he wrote to the British Journal of Photography, which were first published between 1863 and 1870. They document his arrival in India and the three Himalayan Photographic Expeditions that he undertook; firstly to the Simla Hills and Sutlej valley in 1863, then to the Kangra Valley & Kashmir in 1864 & finally, his six month expedition to Kulu, Lahoul & Spiti in 1866.

    Also included are the full texts of two of his earlier lectures: ‘On Some of the Requisites Necessary for the Production of a Good Photograph’; originally given by Bourne before Nottingham Photographic Society in 1860, and then published in ‘The Photographic News’ in that year; and “The Original Fothergill Process,” first published in the B.J.P. in 1862.

   This material has now for the first time, been collected into one volume; together with an index catalogue compiled by Hugh Rayner, comprising nearly 2,200 titles, which documents for the first time, all the known topographical photographs which were made by Bourne during his seven years in India and then marketed by Bourne & Shepherd. (This list also includes some work by his partner Charles Shepherd).

   This book provides a fascinating and rare glimpse into the work and travels of a 19th century photographer in India, and is a unique and invaluable reference work for all collectors of his photographs.

The new, revised and enlarged, 3rd edition, contains the additional Bourne lecture from 1862, on the Fothergill Process; new images, including previously unidentified photographs of him during his travels,  an enlarged bibliography and other new material, including some fragments of Samuel Bourne’s own poetry.

Format: A5 soft covers; 230 pages, with 45 b/w  illustrations.

3rd (revised) ed.  2009.

ISBN: 978-1904289-64-7  


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Photographic Journeys in the Himalayas

1863 - 1866


Samuel Bourne

Compiled & edited by Hugh Rayner