Bourne & Shepherd: Figures in Time

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HARDCOVER
101 PAGES
43 MONOTONE ILLUSTRATIONS
ESSAYS BY SHILPA VIJAYAKRISHNAN
& HUGH ASHLEY RAYNER
8.25 × 10.5 IN (210 × 266 MM)

Published on the occasion of Figures In Time: Bourne & Shepherd, an exhibition of 19th century vintage prints by Samuel Bourne, Charles Shepherd and others from the Bourne & Shepherd studio, this publication reproduces the 43 photographs, along with an original essay by Hugh Ashley Rayner whose extensive research on Bourne, and expertly compiled fascinating entry about his photographic travels in India, produces a lively account of his life and work in the seven years he spent here.

One of the most famous of the early European commercial photographer-cum-adventurers, and the most prolific photographer of the picturesque, Samuel Bourne arrived in India in 1863. In partnership with Charles Shepherd, he set up the studio Bourne & Shepherd, which soon became one of the most prestigious studios of its time — patronised heavily by royalty, nobility, Europeans, Indians and a mushrooming upper middle class; it still trades in Calcutta, as one of the oldest studios in the world, to this day.

While Shepherd became more known as a master printer, staying back to head the business and commercial side of operations and handle the bulk of portraiture at the studio; Bourne assumed the position of the travelling photographer, immortalising the Indian scenery, architecture and people through the length and breadth of the country.