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In 1863, Bourne settled in Simla, India, where he became partners with another photographer named Howard. Between 1863 and 1866, Bourne took three separate photographic expeditions to the Himalayas. In 1864, Bourne joined the firm "Shepherd & Robertson" as a photographer. When the firm relocated to Simla, India, it probably changed its name to "Howard, Shepherd and Bourne." In 1867, Bourne returned to England to marry. He and his wife Mary Tolley then returned to India. Ca. 1868, the firm "Bourne & Shepherd" was formed in Simla, India. A second branch of the firm was operated by Bourne and his wife Mary Tolley, in Calcutta. Bourne left the firm in 1870, to travel between England and India, and he was replaced as head photographer of the firm in 1872, by Colin Murray. Charles Shepherd left the firm in 1885, and the business still operates in Calcutta, India.