'Summit Of The Manirung Pass, 18,600 Feet - Spiti', c 1865
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

'Summit Of The Manirung Pass, 18,600 Feet - Spiti', c 1865

Bourne, Samuel

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society


A photograph of the view from the summit of the Manirung Pass in the Himalayas, Spiti, India, taken by Samuel Bourne. Bourne, a pioneer of travel photography, began his working life as a bank clerk. ln 1863 he went to India where he established a studio in Simla, in partnership with Charles Shepherd. Between 1863 and 1870 he undertook several photographic expeditions, including trips to the Himalayas, producing a collection of landscape views unsurpassed in technical skill and compositional elegance. By 1870 the Bourne and Shepherd catalogue contained 2,000 views from all parts of the subcontinent.



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