'The Great Imambarah, Lucknow', c 1865
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of the Great Imambara (the tomb of a Shi'ite Muslim holy man), in Lucknow, India, taken by Samuel Bourne. In the distance can be seen the three domes of the Jami Masjid, the largest mosque in Lucknow. 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.