Hindu temple, Tamil Nadu, India, c 1865.

Bourne, Samuel

Hindu temple, Tamil Nadu, India, c 1865.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm


'La Pagoda di Jambukeshwar dall' entrata est, (Trichinopoly)'. A photograph of a temple at Tiruchirapalli from the eastern entrance, taken by Samuel Bourne. Intricate carvings telling stories of the gods cover the surface of the building illustrating the incredible craftsmanship used for such buildings of importance. 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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