Charles Shepherd (photographer)

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Charles Shepherd (fl. 1858–1878) was an English photographer and printer who worked in India in the latter part of the 19th century. In 1862, Shepherd and Arthur Robertson established a photographic studio called Shepherd & Robertson in Agra. The firm moved to Simla in 1864, at which point Samuel Bourne joined the business to work as principal photographer. At about this time, the firm changed its name to Howard, Shepherd & Bourne, and after the departure of Howard it became Bourne & Shepherd, the name it operated under even after the departure of Bourne in 1870.[1]

Shepherd and Bourne formed a partnership under their own names around 1868 and opened a second branch in Calcutta (now Kolkata), where they operated a portrait studio, and their work was widely retailed throughout the subcontinent by agents and in Britain through wholesale distributors.[2]

Bourne returned to England in 1870, and was replaced as head photographer in 1872 by Colin Murray. Shepherd, who had primarily worked as the printer for his firms, finally left Bourne & Shepherd in 1885. Bourne & Shepherd continues to operate in Kolkata.[3][4]

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