John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
Amateur, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal
German traveller and ethnographer; travelled in the Himalayas 1890, Ganges and Indus basins 1893, South India 1895, Nepal 1898. His Himalaya-Album (Friedrich Spies, Baden-Baden, 1894) contains 20 photogravure prints from his photographs; many of these also appear in his later publication Himalaya Lieder und Bilder (Leipzig, c 1928, limited edition of 500 copies). An account of his travels, profusely illustrated with his own photographs, appeared as Durch Indien ins verschlossene Land Nepal. Ethnographische und Photographische Studienblatter (Leipzig, 1903), French translation, Aux Indes et au Nepal (Paris, 1907).
His work is also mentioned in the proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society (1892, p. 204):
‘We have had many views of the snows from the neighbourhood of Darjiling. Dr Boeckh, a German, has carried his camera up to the great range, and given in the ‘Transactions’ of the Deutschen Alpenverein (1891) some excellent illustrations of Himalayan views, and M. de Déchy has taken a few views of or near the snows. But the views here shown, taken by Darjiling photographers, Messrs. Johnston and Hoffmann, are the first of any importance, published in England, that display as seen close at hand – from levels, that is, of 16,000 to 18,000 feet – the peaks and glaciers of Kinchinjanga…’
- Λ A copy of this appeared in the Christies Visions of India sale, 21 September 2000, lot 386.