Barbara Anello: Photographs of Ladakh, India

Barbara Anello

Dal Lake, vegetable merchants on boats Image and original data provided by Barbara Anello; Photographs © Barbara J. Anello

Barbara J. Anello has contributed approximately 130 photographs of Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture in Ladakh to the Artstor Digital Library. 

Anello’s photographs document the people, architecture, landscape and arts of the remote and mountainous region of Ladakh, India, focusing on the Buddhist culture that adheres to the neighboring territory of Tibet. The photographs were exhibited at the Overseas Press Club in New York City and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1982.

This selection joins two others collections of photographs by Anello in Artstor, one documenting the architecture, arts, and culture of Southeast Asia and Morocco, and the other, graffiti in New York

Artist and art historian Barbara J. Anello has lived and worked in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Morocco since 1985. In America she has worked for Castelli-Feigen-Corcoran, and the architectural firm Redroof Design. With a Fulbright in Art History and documentary photography of vernacular architecture (2008) she worked in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Her paintings and photographs of Balinese dancers and musicians illustrate I Wayan Dibia and Rucina Ballinger's Balinese Dance, Drama and Music (2005). Anello studied painting at Reed College and New York University, and received her M.A. in Art History (Documentary Photography) from Montclair State University (2006). She worked with the United States Peace Corps and the Ministère de l'Artisanat, Delegation de l'Artisanat de Meknes, Small Business Development Program in Ain Leuh, Morocco (2006-2008). In 2008, she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Southeast Asia Regional Research Program in Art History.

Anello's photography focuses on architecture, both historical and vernacular, and aspects of traditional art and culture. She partnered in nominating sites to the World Monuments Watch 2012 and 2014 (Desa Lingga, Karo, Sumatra; Desa Peceran & Dokan, Sumatra, and Flores, Ngada villages). She is also a contributor to a forthcoming Thames & Hudson book on world vernacular architecture.