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Near Manirung Pass, Tibet.

Near Manirung Pass, Tibet.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: Photo 222/(86)

Item number: 22286

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a view near the Bleni Pass near Dharamsala, from the Strachey Collection of Indian Views, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866. 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. This view from the summit of the Manirung Pass, near Tibet was, at the time, the highest point from which a photograph had been taken.

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