Chapman using a cine camera in Dekyi Lingka

Chapman using a cine camera in Dekyi Lingka

2001.35.271.1 (Print Black & White)

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Key Information


Frederick Spencer Chapman


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

October 4th - 5th 1936?

Named Person

Frederick Spencer Chapman


Lhasa > Dekyi Lingka > Mission Hospital

Accession number


Image Dimensions

106 x 82 mm

Frederick Spencer Chapman setting up an Eyemo movie camera at the hospital in the grounds of the Dekyi Lingka on tripod mounted on crates

Further Information

Photographic Process

Print silver

Date Acquired

Loaned August 2002

Donated by

Judy Goldthorp


British Diplomatic Mission to Lhasa 1936-37

Photo also owned by

Lady Nepean

Previous Catologue Number

CX.31 [view film roll]

Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'F. Spencer Chapman; ink no: 43; pencil no: CX/31'. [KC 05/08/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Caption in Chapman's hand-written list of negatives made whilst on the Mission to Lhasa, 1936-7 [See PRM Manuscripts Collection]: 'FSC [Chapman] using [eyemo?] at hospital' [MS 05/08/2006]

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.) 2003 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947' (Serindia Publications, Chicago). Page 34.

Exhibition - This image appeared in the 2003 Temporary Exhibition at the Pitt Rivers "Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947"

Biographical Information - Spencer Chapman standing on wooden crates with one of his cine cameras. Spencer Chapman spent a good deal of time setting up his shots and assessing how to achieve the best camera angle for the events and portraits he recorded. For example during the Palden Lhamo ritual procession he set his cameras up on the roof of an aristocrat’s house (the Surkhang mansion) which was located on the procession route. He climbed the peaks around Lhasa in order to capture the city from above and lamented that the Jo khang (the most sacred temple in Tibet) was too obscured by other buildings to get a good view of it. [CH 2003]

Other Information - Related Images

Other Information - Related Images: Images prefixed with 'CX.' taken on the British Mission to Lhasa of 1936-37 comprise a group of negatives containing images of Phendong and his house, grinding grain, officials (5th rank), Rupon, doctors, artists at work, official’s at Regent’s departure. They all seem to have been taken between October 2nd - 6th 1936 [MS 07/08/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Chapman using a cine camera in Dekyi Lingka" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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