'Wanja Valley - Himalayas', c 1865.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photograph of the Wanja Valley in the Himalayas, taken by Samuel Bourne. Bourne considered his photographs of the Wanga Valley to be some of his finest work. 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.