Rocky channel of the Ganges at Bhairam Ghati.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the rocky channel of the Ganges at Bhairam Ghati from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1865.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. Unusual geological formations composed their own subgenre and picturesque subject matter.