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Tibetan Studies at SOAS

Photographing Spiti

Photographing Spiti
Patrick Sutherland (University of the Arts London)

Date: 21 March 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 21 March 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Series: Circle of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies

Patrick Sutherland is a Reader in Photojournalism at the University of the Arts London. He has been photographing in the culturally Tibetan Spiti Valley in North India since 1993, returning on over 15 fieldtrips, funded by grants from the Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Library and others. 

What was initially envisioned as a one-off field trip has developed into a long-term documentary reportage with a particular interest in traditions of lay performance within Spiti’s villages. Informed by the challenging and complex relationship he has developed with the local communities, Sutherland’s practice has evolved over time, embracing photo elicitation and collaborative formal portraiture. 

Sutherland’s work in Spiti has been internationally exhibited, published in two books and several magazines, and preserved in archives of photographs and audio recordings in the British Library. He has recently undertaken a survey for the British Library Endangered Archives Project of texts and thangkas belonging to the Buchen, Spiti’s travelling lay religious actors and exorcists.

Organiser: Dr Nathan W. Hill