Bajoura, Kooloo [Kullu]. Valley of Beas.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Samuel Bourne, bank clerk and amateur photographer, arrived in India in 1863 during the early years of commercial photography. Photographs taken during expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas such as this demonstrate his ability to combine technical skill and artistic vision. These views display a compositional elegance which appealed to Victorian notions of the 'picturesque'; strategically framed landscapes of rugged mountain scenery, forests, rivers, lakes and rural dwellings. This view shows the landscape around the Beas River in the Kullu region of the modern-day state of Himachal Pradesh. The European man in the foreground is possibly the photographer.