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Village of Sungnam, Hungrung Pass, India

ca. 1866 (made)
Place Of Origin

The village of Sungnam with the Hungrung pass above.

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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Albumen print from a collodion-on-glass negative
Brief Description
Photograph by Samuel Bourne of the village of Sungnam with the Hungrung pass above. Himachal Pradesh, ca.1866.
Physical Description
The village of Sungnam with the Hungrung pass above.
  • Height: 24.3cm
  • Width: 28.8cm
Object history
From 1863-1870, Bourne made three trips to the Himalayas in Northern India. Many of these topographical photographs appear as a result of this final, six month photographic expedition in 1866, accompanied by Dr. G.R Playfair, a botanist and geologist from Agra.
Historical context
Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) left his job as a bank clerk in Nottingham to become a professional photographer, and in 1863 sailed to India to develop his new career. He remained there for several years to become recognised as one of the most successful British photographers to document the expanding British empire. His photographs were produced primarily for the European market, and provided a glimpse of India as a distant colonised land and its people. Bourne's photographic success was a combination of his impressive photographic skill and ability to present photographs of India that co-incided with the western, Orientalist vision of the exotic East. In 1870 Bourne took up permanent residency in England and withdrew from photography after establishing a cotton-doubling mill. In 1896 after retiring from business he devoted his time to watercolour painting.
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Haworth-Booth, Mark (1984) 'The Golden Age of British Photography 1839-1900: Photography from the Victoria and Albert Museum' Aperture in assoc. with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Taylor, Roger (1980) "Samuel Bourne: Photographic Views in India", Sheffield City Polytechnic, Nottingham.
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record createdMay 10, 2003
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