The Shigri Range from the bed of the Chandra River.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Shigri range from the Chandra river, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. By the 1860s, commercial photography was becoming well-established in India and this growing market attracted the young Nottingham photographer Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) 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. When Bourne first came to face the enormous scale of the Himalayas, he comments, "With scenery like this, it is very difficult to deal with the camera; it is altogether too gigantic, too stupendous to be brought within the limits imposed by photography". But with his determination he manages to capture the overpowering scale of the mountains.