SOAS University of London

Commercial Photographers

Asia House presents


in association with The British Library & SOAS

The Exhibition Content:
Commercial Photographers - Samuel Bourne and Lala Deen Dayal

The exhibition features two major photographers, Samuel Bourne and Lala Deen Dayal.

British photographer Samuel Boume (1834 -1912) first arrived in India in 1863 and produced over two thousand pictures during his seven year stay in the country. Bourne's photographs are a stunning visual record of the Himalayas, Kashmir and the hill stations of India. The exhibition will include a selection of his remarkable photographs of the picturesque, which record the Indian landscape in a series of views taken during his arduous and often dangerous travels through northern India.

Photography in the subcontinent was by no means a solely European pursuit and from the early days Indian photographers — both amateur and professional — made a vital contribution to the growth of the art. Images by a number of these photographers will be seen in the exhibition, culminating in the work of Lala Deen Dayal, founder of a hugely successful studio, whose achievement rivals that of Samuel Bourne.