Collection of photographs at Maha On Si [1925-2003]

The collection holds mostly photographs of the Theravada Buddhist world of Laos and Luang Prabang, taken by monks or Buddhist laypeople from 1925 to 2000s. The subject matter includes images of Buddhist ceremonies, landscape/architecture, monastery/architecture, travel material, people’s festivals, group portraits of laypeople with and without monks, group and individual portraits of monks, images related to the royal court, and pictures of Phra Khamfan Silasangvaro. The photographs were collected during the main contributor’s time as a monk, and they are related to his family and to Phra Khamfan Silasangvaro, who was his spiritual teacher. Some items are from the journals Thailand Illustrated and Loke Se Ri Magazine.

648 items. Scans and digital photography.

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

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