New from Asian Highlands Perspectives - AHP 31: The Lost World of Ladakh: Early Photographic Journeys through Indian Himalaya, 1931-1934

Gerald Roche gjroche at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 28 06:55:13 UTC 2014

Dear all,

The editors of *Asian Highlands Perspectives* are pleased to announce the
publication of:

*AHP 31: The Lost World of Ladakh: Early Photographic Journeys through
Indian Himalaya, 1931-1934*

By Rupert Wilmot, Roger Bates, and Nicky Harman, with a Foreword by Khenpo
K. Rangdol, President of Tserkarmo Monastery, Ladakh, India.

*The Lost World of Ladakh* is a superb collection of 150 black-and-white
photographs of 1930s Ladakh, capturing its final days as a hub of trade
routes between Tibet and Kashmir, India and Yarkand. These portraits of
people, landscapes and Buddhist ceremonies taken by amateur photographer
Rupert Wilmot, are notable for their careful composition, fine detail and
engaging informality. They have been meticulously researched and captioned
by Nicky Harman and Roger Bates, respectively, niece and nephew of Rupert
Wilmot, and include maps, an introduction and a bibliography. Of
considerable historical and ethnographic interest.

The volume is available as an at-cost hard copy (28.29USD):

...and as a free download:

...with an additional appendix:

*What other writers have said about The Lost World of Ladakh:*

"A wonderfully elegaic set of photographs recording a lost world: an almost
mediaeval Ladakh  untouched by modernity and still living at the hub of the
old trans-Himalayan trade routes, a timeless Central Asia where soot
writing boards, itinerant monks, arcane astrologers, masked dancers and
elaborate turquoise headdresses were still common. These skillfully
restored photographs make me ache to cross again the snowy heights of the
Zoji-la and to re-visit this most fascinating region to see what is left."

*William Dalrymple, **author of  *Return of a King: The Battle for
Afghanistan, 1839-42

"Rupert Wilmot's pictures are a delight. The monastery images include a
spectacular set of the religious dance-drama at Hemis. There is also a
visual record of the trades that lifted so many of Ladakh's villagers above
the poverty level: the bustle in Leh Bazaar, the interior of a serai, and
caravans of sheep, donkeys and ponies. Perhaps the book's most outstanding
feature is the series of portraits of Wilmot's fellow-travellers and other
Ladakhis, most of them in relaxed and cheerful mode, rather than posing

*Dr Janet Rizvi, writer and historian of Ladakh, Kashmir and the western
Himalaya *

"These illustrations, superb as photographs in their own right, capture in
visual form the essence of Ladakhi life as it was in the 1930s.  While the
Ladakh pictured here is in many ways gone, its legacy lives on in the
distinctive culture of present-day Ladakh, which cannot be fully
appreciated without a knowledge of its history.  In this book we have a
unique and vital contribution to that history."

*Dr Philip Denwood, Emeritus Reader in Tibetan Studies, SOAS, University of

Claude Rupert Trench Wilmot (1897-1961) was a British army officer
stationed in India during the 1930s, and a talented amateur photographer.

Nicky Harman translates Chinese literature, and was formerly a lecturer at
Imperial College London.

Roger Bates digitized the photographs. A retired engineer, he has many
years of experience working in digital photography.
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