Near Zoji-la Pass, Western Himalayas, border of Tibet.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a view near Zoji-la Pass, on the border of Tibet from the Strachey Collection of Indian Views, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1863. Samuel Bourne, the bank clerk and amateur photographer arrived in India in 1863 during the early years of commercial photography. Photographs taken during three expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas between 1863 and 1866 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. Zoji-la Pass, situated on the rugged and virtually impassable Pangi range is considered the gateway to Ladakh. The road from Srinagar to the Indus valley and Leh, the capital of Ladakh, passes over the dominating Zoji-la Pass at 11,432 feet.