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Photographer's Note

Today's three photos are among the first I took in Lhasa after my arrival in the Tibetan capital in early September 1986. After this first closer look at the older part of the city, surrounding the holy Jokhang Temple, I noted in my diary that it was an area offering great photo opportunities:

"All these wrinkled old ladies spinning their prayer wheels, monks prostrating in the streets, the campas (an ethnic minority group) carrying brass plated daggers and with their long hair tied up with red ribbons, monks offering to read from the holy scriptures for a few coins from those passing by...".

But I also noted my doubts whether I would manage any really nice compositions:

"The narrow alleys are so crowded and chaotic, so it's hard to avoid having a garbage bin or a bicycle in the background".

And I noted that the high altitude (Lhasa is at about 3,600 meters) seemed to make the light so harsh that I could find problems to expose the photos correctly. Leh in Ladakh, where I had been one year earlier, had caused me the same problems although being at "only" 3,500 meters.

Anyway, I took these photos and many more, and they all turned out so-so. Today's photos are not technically brilliant, but maybe they have some historical and cultural value.

Here is a large version of the main photo.

I will add two pictures, one taken moments later in the same place as the main photo, the other probably from one of the main streets.

They were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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