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Photographing Bhutanese Dance: the Michael Aris Collection

There is an event at The Pitt Rivers Museum this weekend that might be of interest to photographers.

Michael Aris was a leading authority on Himalayan Studies and worked in Bhutan during the 60s and 70s. His photographs show this mountainous kingdom before the arrival of planes, tourism and television. The talk will explain elements of Bhutanese dance traditions by teasing out stories captured within the frozen frame of these still images. More recent film footage will be used to show the context of the dance images.”

©Michael Aris

The times are 2.30 – 3.30 on Saturday 18th. Full details of this event can be found on the BBC website here is the link

Wilfred Theisger at The Pitt River’s Museum Oxford

Sir Wilfred Thesiger took nearly 40,000 photographs during his eight decades of travels throughout Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Now, to mark 100 years since his birth, Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum is displaying some of his most striking images.


Wilfred Thesiger in Africa: A Centenary Exhibition
4 June 2010 – 5 June 2011

Marking the centenary of the renowned British traveller and writer Wilfred Thesiger’s birth in Ethiopia, this major new exhibition is the first to explore his lifelong relationship with Africa. Photographs from Ethiopia, Sudan, Morocco, Tanzania and Kenya are accompanied by a selection of objects collected by Thesiger in Ethiopia and later donated to the Pitt Rivers Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a major new publication, Wilfred Thesiger in Africa, which includes a wide selection of his African photographs, and essays by a number of contributors, such as Alexander Maitland and David Attenborough