Collections

Photolibrary Collections

The EFEO's collection of photographs and glass plates constitutes an exceptional documentary resource (archaeology, statuary, architecture, epigraphy, ethnography, etc.) covering many different countries (Cambodia, Vietnam, India, China, Thailand, Laos, etc.). Based on photographs taken during archaeological excavations and expeditions carried out by the School since 1910, the collection gradually expanded thanks to a number of gifts (the Dalet, Bacot, Boulbet, and Bénisti holdings, among others). The photographs, most of them as yet unpublished, will all eventually be digitised.

The photographic collection is of major historic interest. Some of the images feature archaeological sites and monuments before they suffered the irreparable effects of war and pillage; used in conjunction with diaries from archaeological excavations, they make it possible to recreate the way in which restoration work and research was conducted on a day-to-day basis.

Some figures:

  • CAMBODIA: 30,000 indexed digital photos (archaeology, architecture, statuary, iconography, epigraphy, ethnography, etc.);
  • VIETNAM: approximately 7,000 photos (archaeology, iconography, museum collections, etc.) as well as 1,500 indexed digital photos of the Champa region;
  • CHINA: approximately 3,000 photos (archaeology, ethnology, art, museography, graphic documents, etc.);
  • INDIA: several thousand photos;
  • LAOS: 3,000 photos, of which approximately 1,200 dealing with ethnology;
  • SIAM: approximately 2,000 photos (archaeology, various sites, museum collections, etc.)
  • 7,000 glass plates - mostly of Cambodia and Vietnam - have been digitised (the H. Marchal, H. Parmentier, J. Bacot, L. Finot, Ch. Carpeaux collections).
EFEO News
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 24 February 2020
Alain Arrault (EFEO) speaks on: "Écrire l'histoire en Chine" [Writing History in China] as part of the PSL-EHESS-EPHE-EFEO Master in Asian Studies, the general theme of which is Telling and writing history.

From 10:30 to 12:00, opened to all
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Exhibition ''Kalash, the last animists of the Hindu Kush''
Paris, France, 21 February 2020
A new photographic exhibition "Kalash, les derniers animistes de l’Hindu Kush" [Kalash, the last animists of the Hindu Kush] by the photographer Xavier Nory is set up from 10 February to the end of May 2020.

Photographs by Xavier Nory, report made in the village of Krakal, Bumburet valley (Pakistan) in January 1986 and from September 1987 to January 1988 and from May to September 1988.

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New publication

Arts Asiatiques 74 (2019)

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Preserving and enhancing Laos heritage: signing of a new project in Champassak and Savannakhet
Vientiane, Laos, 10 February 2020
On February 10, 2020, at the French Embassy in Vientiane, the Director of the EFEO signed an agreement with the French Development Agency for a project to preserve and develop heritage in the provinces of Champassak and Savannahket, in the presence of the Lao Vice-Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism. READ MORE
Director's visit to the Chiang Mai Centre
Chiang Mai, Thailand, 06 February 2020
Le directeur de l’EFEO a signé le 6 février 2020 le renouvellement du MOU avec la Chiang Mai University, avec son président, en présence d’Yves Goudineau, responsable du Centre EFEO de Chiang Mai.