Gongkar Dzong? at Chidesho

Gongkar Dzong? at Chidesho

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Tsangpo Valley Region > Chidesho

Accession number


Image Dimensions

54 X 43 mm

Settlement at the base of a building (Gongkar Dzong?) on a hill at Chidesho (skyid do shod). There is a tall prayerflag pole in the foreground. There is a large number of buildings in the settlement.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '4 LHOBRAG 1950' 'Gongkar. Dzaring La. Lha khang Dzong. Sras. Pemaling Tso. Ku la kangri.' written in white in Richardson's hand.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index - 'CHIDESHO' (Skyid sde shod ?)

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist. 'Album 4. Journey starting at Gong dkar rdzong on Gstang-po, 29.18 N. 90.48 E. [no.] 4. 'do.' [Chitesho (Skyid-sde shod?) downstream from Gong-dkar, c 29.16 N 91.10 E ']

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The date of 1950 for this image is derived from Richardson’s negative album No.4, the cover of which is marked with ‘Lhobrag 1950’. There are 16 images, of Chitesho, Gongkhar Dzong, Lhasa Post Office, Nesar, Yamdrok Tso and Shabsha, Karmaling Chu, Lhobrag, which share the same batch development number and seem to relate to a trip that Richardson took in this year. His preference for using 6x4.5 images, the smallest exposure size possible using his Zeiss Super Ikonta camera, seems to have returned only towards the end of his time in Tibet, possibly to maximise the number of images that he could take on each roll of film (16 using a film plane mask of this size or 8 at 6x9 cm) and this also suggests that the image wa taken at the end rather than the beginning of his residence in Tibet [MS 17/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Gongkar Dzong? at Chidesho" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. Accessed 14 Feb. 2016 <http://tibet.prm.ox.ac.uk/photo_2001.>.

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