Posted by havealittletalk on October 22, 2013
Getting ready for Halloween? Here’s some images from the Library of Congress.
The first is by Dr. Alice S. Kandell, who donated her Collection of Sikkim Photographs to the Library of Congress and placed them in the public domain.
Deity and skeleton masks, Gangtok, Sikkim, by Alice Kandell. LC-KAN05- 0094.
Frances Benjamin Johnston shot this picture in the mid-1930s of an Indian burial ground near what was believed to be the site of the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Florida.
Here’s a view of a corridor in the Cappuccino Catacombs, Rome, Italy, in August 1987.
Why not some animal skeletons, starting with this interpretation of a dinosaur skeleton leashed to a man-like skelton somewhere near Murdo, South Dakota, photographed by Carol Highsmith in 2009?
This is just one in a series of pictures of horse skeletons in motion.
Eadweard Muybridge created The attitudes of animals in motion : a series of photographs illustrating the consecutive positions assumed by animals in performing various movements in Palo Alto, California, in 1878 and 1879; the album was published in 1881.
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Posted by havealittletalk on August 6, 2011
These images are from the Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs at the Library of Congress, described in my last post.
Rainbow in the mountains of Lachung, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30228
Sikkim, dry season, rice terraces. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30789
Rice terraces during dry season, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30792 (
Building in the mountains of Lachung, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30809
Tsongmo Lake, along the Nathu La Pass, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30136
Primula flowers at Pemayangtse in western Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30105
Bridge, North Sikkim near Tibet. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30892
Mount Kānchenjunga, third highest mountain in the world. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30100
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Posted by havealittletalk on August 3, 2011
These images are from a special collection at the Library of Congress:
[The] Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs portrays the people and landscape of a kingdom high in the Himalaya Mountains. Sikkim, now part of India, borders on Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Dr. Kandell captured these vivid scenes in order to document a vanishing culture. During visits between 1965 and 1979 (primarily 1965-1971), Dr. Kandell received special permission to photograph Buddhist monks and lamas, ceremonial dances, and monasteries; people working on farms, in canning factories, and at special crafts; and the royal palace and chapel at Gangtok, including the last king, Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal, his American wife Queen Hope Cooke (Dr. Kandell’s college friend), and their family.
Also depicted are the villages and people of Singhik and Lachung, the mountains of Kānchenjunga, the Ralang Hot Springs, and the Gangtok bazaar as well as different ethnic groups including the Kirati (Kiranti), Lepcha, Nepalese, and Bhutia people. Other photographs show the material culture, including religious paintings, ceremonial masks, jewelry and carpets. Special events feature the coronation in 1965 and the wedding of Princess Yanchen Dolma and Simon Abraham in 1979.
Dr. Alice S. Kandell dedicated her rights to the public domain when making this generous gift to the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, in 2010. The entire collection includes approximately 15,000 photographs available for research use at the Library.
About 300 have been digitized.
Credit lines should read as follows:
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division. Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]
Lamas spinning prayer wheels at old Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30144
Monk fixing clock above painting, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30150
Boys blowing gyalings in front of palace temple, Gangtok, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30187
Blue Mahakala dancer initiating the New Year's ceremony, Gangtok, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30195
Black Hat Lama in a procession down the mountain to sacrifice objects, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30211
Guruda bird dancer performing at the New Year's dance, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30773
Hex, symbolizing person’s spirit, thrown in the road for devil to be decoyed. Used in Bon practices, Sikkim. LC-DIG-ppmsca-30870
- Woman turns prayer wheel in front of the Do-Drul Chorten stupa. LC-DIG-ppmsca-31643
Lama turning prayer wheel activating prayers. LC-DIG-ppmsca-31642
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