Snapshots from the Bourne & Shepherd
photo studio of 19th century India.
History by Samuel Bourne & Charles ShepherdSep 05, 2015
One of the most famous of the early European
commercial photographers, and the most prolific photographer of the
“picturesque” tradition, Samuel Bourne, a former bank clerk, arrived in India
in 1836. Bringing with him a large amount of photographic equipment, developing
local contacts, and having access to Indian bearers, Bourne travelled the
subcontinent—producing over 2,000 negatives including some of the finest 19th
century travel photography.
Initially partnering with William
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