Collection of photographs at Vat Khom Khouang [1938-2006]

The collection holds mostly photographs of the Theravada Buddhist world of Laos and Luang Prabang, taken by monks or Buddhist laypeople from 1938 to 2006. The subject matter includes images of Buddha statues, Buddhist ceremonies, people’s festivals, landscape/architecture, monastery/architecture, group portraits of laypeople with and without monks, group and individual portraits of monks, travel material (including pilgrimage), images related to the royal court, photographs of Phra Khamphan Phatthathammo, three text documents, and some reproductions of architectural drawings. The photographs were collected while the main contributor lived as a Buddhist monk and abbot at Vat Khom Khouang, Luang Prabang.

1730 items. Scans and digital photography.

Original material consists of: silver gelatine DOP prints, chromogenic prints, monochrome halftone prints, colour halftone prints, texts/documents. Some prints may be reproductions of earlier images.

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