Most of my ethnographic projects in the greater Himalayan region also included the visual documentation of the ethnic groups and regions focused on. Out of this work and my research projects in Visual Anthropology, a true passion for photography developed over the years. My former hobby became a constant companion and today I try to include ‘visual work’ into every new undertaking. I also wrote a PhD thesis in the field of Visual Anthropology and worked in several international projects on ethnographic photographs and image archives.

Over the last 10 years a large photographic archive of Nepal, Northeast India, Southern China and other regions in the extended Himalayas has been assembled. For most of the materials I collect, detailed descriptions are available, to make them usable for ethnographic research.

The materials on Nepal have been collected since 2001 and focus on the Kirat Rai of Eastern Nepal, their Shamanistic rituals, everyday life and environment. Some parts of the collection also feature other regions of Nepal like the Kathmandu valley, the Terai, Mustang, Nar-Phu, Solu Khumbu, Kalingchok and the Annapurna and Gosainkund regions. A selection of these photographs is currently being prepared for archiving and will be available at Himalayan Archive Vienna (HAV) soon.

The materials related to my yearly research visits to Northeast India (Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya) have been collected since 2003. They focus on the tribal groupsĀ  subsumed under the ethnonym Naga, their material culture, architecture, everyday life and environment aswell as topics of identity and multiple modernities.

A great number of my photographs have been published in various publications, ranging from scientific books to newspapers and teaching materials.

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