Image is a unique lens to study Tibetan frontier societies. From 1900s to present, authors with various backgrounds created numerous works about real historical events and figures in a specific time period. This text uses images about Tibetan frontier societies created in the past century. I will discuss the societies and cultures reflected in these images and reveal the positions, methodologies, and power relationship behind them.
1900-1949: INTRUDERS’ GAZE
1950-2000: STATE/ELITE’S EXAMINATION
2000 TILL NOW: AUTONOMOUS EXPRESSION OF TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS SOCIETIES