Shigatse, Tibet

Shigatse, Tibet

The stylishly dressed Tibetans and their fedoras. I felt right at home.

Today we drove 95 kms (60 miles) to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. Shigatse, which sits at 3840m, is home to Tashilhunpo Monastery and 600+ monks. This monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most important lama in Tibetan Buddhism. The group had a chance to walk around the pilgrim route that goes up and around the famous monastery. Along the way I shot these images.  By the way, I have never in my life seen so many fedora in one place. I feel quite at home!

Another fedora!

The old fort overlooking Shigatse.

Jamin York, the Tour Manager shooting the Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Tashilhunpo Monastery

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. Ohk

    Thanks for posting pics of your journey. . . feel like I’m there.

  2. Tony Cece

    Looks like you are getting great use of your 85mm f/1.2! These are great.

  3. Anne Reid

    When was this monastery built? No oilsands’ equipment carving out this landscape!

  4. CathyTopping

    Lovely portraits of the men. So much character in their expressions.



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