Kolkata Bids Goodbye To Bourne & Shepherd Studio

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Kolkata: Kolkata bids goodbye to the 176-year-old photographic studio Bourne and Shepherd, which was once frequented by the likes of Satyajit Ray and Rabindranath Tagore. It has been an iconic studio since the pre Independence era but in the digital age, the business in the photographic studio has dipped.

Bourne & Shepherd, world’s oldest operational photography studio, has shut down 176 years after it began its journey in Kolkata.
The iconic studio, which was set up around 1840 by British photographers Samuel Bourne and Charles shepherd, was the most successful commercial photography studio in the 19th and early 20th century India.

It had agencies across India and even in London and Paris too. Some of the most iconic photographs of the 19th century India were taken by this studio. This week the studio finally gave in to the demands of a new era as it shut down its gate after an illustrious 176 years of history. A heritage building in the heart of Kolkata the studio was ravaged in a major fire 25 years ago that destroyed its impressive collection of rare photographs.

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In 1911, they were the official photographers of the Delhi Durbar held to commemorate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary as Emperor and Empress of India. The studio is also credited with taking the only known photograph of Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa.