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`John Claude White was a civil engineer by education, a colonial administrator by profession and a photographer by vocation. His photographs of the Himalayas were taken from 1883-1908... Wherever he travelled, he photographed the world around him: panoramas of the vast Tibetan landscape; mountains and glaciers of Sikkim; portraits of the royal court of the king of Bhutan; the monks and monasteries of Lhasa. Mules followed him on the rugged mountain trails bearing his photographic equipment, and ensuring that the fragile glass plates survived the long return trip south intact... This book is a tribute to this extraordinary photographer.



PERCHED HIGH: The Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

In the Shadow of the Himalayas: Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim. A Photographic Record by John Claude White, 1883-1908, Kurt Meyer and Pamela Deuel Meyer, Mapin Publishing, p.190, Rs.2500.

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