The Hamta Pass between Kulu and Spiti.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Hamta Pass between Kulu and Spiti from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in the 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. The Hamta Pass is at about 4300 mt in Lahoul valley over Pir Panjab Range and offres a close view of Mt. Deo Tibba, Mt. Indrasan and their glaciers.