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Bourne & Shepherd: Figures in Time - Art Exhibition


Tasveer - Art Gallery, Sua House 26/1 Kasturba Cross Road


Mon, Sep 7 to Tue, Sep 15
Time: 10 AM - 7 PM



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  • Timeless Classics
  • British Era Art




One of the most famous of the early European commercial photographers, and the most prolific photographer of the 'picturesque' tradition, Samuel Bourne, a former bank clerk, arrived in India in 1836. Bringing with him a large amount of photographic equipment, developing local contacts here, and having access to Indian bearers, Bourne travelled the subcontinent widely - producing over 2000 negatives including some of the finest nineteenth century travel photography. Initially partnering with William Howard, Bourne set up the Howard & Bourne studio in Shimla. They were joined by Charles Shepherd, and with the leaving of William Howard, the studio dropped his name to become Bourne & Shepherd. In 1866, in alignment with a growing culture of studio-photography, the Bourne & Shepherd establishment set up a branch in Calcutta, where it still trades as one of the oldest studios in the world, to this day. This exhibition, organised as part of Tasveer's 10th anniversary celebration, is a selection of 19th century vintage photographs sourced from the rich photographic holdings of MAP (Museum of Art & Photography, Bangalore), that includes a range of landscapes, architectural views and portraits by Samuel Bourne, Charles Shepherd and the Bourne & Shepherd studio. One of the highlights of this exhibition, is its reproduction of select prints in enlarged ratios that allows viewers a unique insight into these historically significant photographs from a contemporary moment. Bourne & Shepherd: Figures in Time is organised by Tasveer and and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum in collaboration with MAP, and will be accompanied by the publication of a new catalogue that carries an original essay by Hugh Ashley Rayner on the life and works of Samuel Bourne.

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Tasveer - Art Gallery

Sua House 26/1 Kasturba Cross Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India