Low Tide, Custom House Ghat [Calcutta].
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of ghat at low tide from 'Views of Calcutta and Barrackpore' taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. General view of sailing ships moored on the Hooghly River at low tide along Custom House ghat, on the southern end of Fort William.
By the 1860s, commercial photography was becoming well-established in India and this growing market attracted the young Nottingham photographer Samuel Bourne to the subcontinent in 1863. During a residence of seven years, Bourne produced thousands of landscape and architectural views, but his fame and the success of his studio, rests primarily on the results of three arduous photographic expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas.