Collection of photographs at Vat Xiengthong [1951-2001]

The collection holds mostly photographs of the Theravada Buddhist world of Laos and Luang Prabang, taken by monks or Buddhist laypeople from the 1920s to the 2000s. 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, travel material, and photographs of Phra Mao Manivangso. The photographs were collected while the main contributor lived as a Buddhist monk and abbot at Vat Xiengthong Volavihan, Luang Prabang.

488 items. Scans and digital photography.

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

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