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See also, Artist.

Photographers in India include John Edward Saché (studios in towns across northern India); G.K. Vale, Bangalore; R.B. Holmes of Peshawar; D.J. Divechia of Rawalpindi; Guerra & Sons, Mhow, Central India; Herzog and Higgins of Mhow, Raja Deen Dayal etc.[1]

Photographer William D. Holmes was the brother in law of John Edward Sache, one of the most prominent 19th century European photographers in India. Holmes joined Sache in Lucknow in 1877 and founded a studio in his own name in 1889.

FIBIS resources

  • Wendy Pratt, "Life with Tea in India: the diaries of Samuel Cleland Davidson" FIBIS Journal No 24 (Autumn 2010), pages 36-46. For details of how to access this article, see FIBIS Journals. Samuel Cleland Davidson was a tea planter who was a keen amateur photographer. An example of his work is "On parade"
On parade.jpg

Related articles

Recommended Reading

  • In Pursuit of the Past by FIBIS member Christopher Penn about Albert Thomas Watson Penn, one of the pioneering photographers of South India, who established his business at Ootacamund. Read the article "In pursuit of the past" The Hindu Metro Plus Coimbatore November 29, 2004, and the article Chasing the photographer, also from The Hindu (Chennai Metro Plus 4 May 2009). (This book has been favourably reviewed in FIBIS Journal no 21)
The Nicholas Brothers and A. T. W. Penn: Photographers of South India 1855 – 1885 by Christopher Penn (2014). Review by Richard Morgan – page 51 FIBIS Journal Number 33 (Spring 2015). the Nicholas Brothers were John and James Perratt Nicholas. A further review from "British photographic history" also mentions Dr Alexander Hunter, Linnaeus Tripe, John Parting, Edmund David Lyon, Willoughby Wallace Hooper and Samuel Bourne, in the Madras region.
  • Early Photographs of Ladakh, edited with an introduction by Hugh Rayner, published 2013. This book has been reviewed by Robert Charnock in FIBIS Journal Number 30 (Autumn 2013), page 46

External Links





Bourne & Shepherd : Figures In Time An exhibition sourced from the photographic collection of MAP (Museum of Art & Photography, Bangalore) Photographs from the exhibition 7 May 2016 Article by Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri May 31, 2016. "The Oldest Functional Photo Studio In the World Shuts Down In Kolkata After 176 Years" by Rakhi Bose Jun 17, 2016.
"Castles in the Air: Experiences and Journeys in Unknown Bhutan" by David Braun September 21, 2014 National Geographic, now an archived webpage. Article and photographs of Bhutan by John Claude White republished from the April 1914 issue of National Geographic Magazine
Sikhim & Bhutan, twenty-one years on the North-East Frontier, 1887-1908 by John Claude White. 1909
  • Wiele & Klein, Madras and Ootacamund
    • Wiele & Klein Studio Advertisement A Trade advertisement for the Madras and Ootacamund studio of Wiele & Klein, "Artists, Photographers and Photo Engravers"
    • "The German Photographers of Madras" by Gabrielle Landwehr Part 1 , Part 2 (scroll down) Madras Musings Volume XVIII No. 14, November 1-15, 2008 and No. 15, November 16-30, 2008
    • Madras on glass 9 July 2003 The Hindu
  • The Williamson Photographic Collection is housed in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge Yale (USA). Frederick Williamson was a British Political Officer stationed in Sikkim, Bhutan, and Tibet in the 1930s who was an ardent photographer. Williamson's 16mm films from the 1930s may be viewed online.

Historical books online


  1. Feltham, John A New Book about early photographers in India Rootsweb India- British-Raj Mailing List 10 Jun 2012, archived and Feltham, John et al. Photographers Rootsweb India- British-Raj Mailing List 11 Jun 2012 et al., archived.