F. S. Chapman with a cine camera near Lhasa

F. S. Chapman with a cine camera near Lhasa

2001.35.396.39.5 (Album Print black & white)

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Key Information


Evan Yorke Nepean


Evan Yorke Nepean

Date of Photo

September - December 1936

Named Person

Frederick Spencer Chapman, Sir Basil Gould


Lhasa Area

Accession number


Image Dimensions

90 x 58 mm

Frederick Spencer Chapman with a cine camera in the Lhasa area. Sir Basil Gould is in the middle distance with horses belonging to the Mission he was leading to Lhasa in the background

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

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Other Information

Notes on print/mount - 'Freddie Chapman with his camera' [MS 01/08/2006]

Research publication - Clare Harris and Tsering Shakya (eds.) 2003 'Seeing Lhasa: British Depictions of the Tibetan Capital 1936-1947' (Serindia Publications, Chicago). Page 144.

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Spencer Chapman kneeling at his tripod to take cine pictures on the outskirts of Lhasa. He was the first to use colour film in Tibet and the results were much appreciated by both British and Tibetan audiences. However, Spencer Chapman found that at first Tibetans were “… a little suspicious, especially the poorer people, and more particularly of the big cinema camera which made a formidable noise and, with its long telephoto lens, resembled some new-fangled automatic gun”. (1938:247) [CH 2003]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "F. S. Chapman with a cine camera near Lhasa" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.35.396.39.5.html>.

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