Collection of photographs at Vat Saen Sukharam [1876-2008]

The collection holds mostly photographs of the Theravada Buddhist world of Laos and Luang Prabang, taken by monks or Buddhist laypeople since the 1880s, with a small number of images that are reproductions of earlier prints or paintings. A small number of texts, certificates, or documents are also present. The subject matter includes images of Buddha statues, Buddhist ceremonies, people’s festivals, landscape/architecture, monastery/architecture, meetings/conferences, group portraits of laypeople with and without monks, group and individual portraits of monks, meditation images, pictures relating to the royal court, and a large number of portraits of Phra Khamchan Virachitto as well as rich travel material (pilgrimages and visits of the Lao diaspora after the Pathet Lao revolution). The photographs were collected while the contributor lived as a Buddhist monk and abbot at Vat Saen Sukharam, Luang Prabang.

6966 items. Scans and digital photography.

Original material consist of: silver gelatine DOP prints (some hand coloured), chromogenic prints, monochrome halftone prints, colour halftone prints, laser prints/photocopies, inkjet prints, original paintings, texts/documents, other/unknown. Some prints are reproductions of earlier images.

Annotations and inscriptions: Lao, Pali (Tham script), French, Khmer, Thai.