Dunkar Fort, Upper Sutlej, near Tibetan border.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Dunkar Fort, Upper Sutlej, from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866. Samuel Bourne's photographs 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 photograph was taken on Bourne's third and final trek up towards the source of the Ganges. He was fascinated by the wild and desolate Spiti Valley region, where he photographed the village, fort and Tibetan monastery of Dankhar sitiuated on a rocky mountain escarpment, where it seemed the buildings seemed as if they had been extruded from the earth.