World faiths & rites of passage: photography

I launched  the World Religions Photo Library to fill a gap in the market in 1992. It started with relevant images of Islam following my visits to 35 Muslim countries and following an invitation to other photographers to join,our stock increased to 10,000 photos within a few years. What makes World Religions stand out from  other agencies, is that we specialise in the sensitive issue of people practising their chosen faith and performing any associated rites of passage. Contributing photographers in India, Asia, Africa and in the UK have helped build our reputation as one of the world’s leading faith libraries. We are represented by the Bridgeman Art Library, Corbis, Alamy, Photo 12 and Photographers Direct. Here are some of our images: 

IMG_3265_Wong Tai Sin temple HKong Chinese n.year                                     Chinese burn joss sticks for new year  in Hong Kong

Rabbi lights chanukkah candles left to right

                               An Orthodox rabbi lighting the menorah for Hunakkah    

SIKH Granthi  choosing a name from the Guru Granth Sahib SIKH12310

                               A Sikh baby is named after first letter of a word in the GGS

Food offerings to spirits at a Chinese funeral in Cambodia

                                    Food offerings to spirits at a Buddhist funeral in Cambodia

Eid el Fitr prayers in the Badshahi Mosque Lahore Pakistan

                                  Eid prayers in the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan                   

Palm Sunday procession in Winneba, Ghana

                                    Palm Sunday procession in Winneba village in Ghana                

Mundan ceremony when a Hindu boy gets his first haircut

                                Hindu mundan ceremony when a boy has his first haircut                

Young monks study in a Buddhist monastery in Burma                                                      Boy monks in a monastery in Burma 

Night of Halloween in England

                                Spooky figures outside a house on the night of Halloween.

Zoroastrian fire ceremony.

                                  Priests perform the fire ritual in a Zoroastrian temple

                               All images are strictly copyright and available for purchase.



About Travels with My Hat

Australian photojournalist and author. Used London as a base for nearly forty years while freelancing in the Middle East, Arabian peninsular, Africa and South Asia. Have written and illustrated more than a dozen books and travel guides. Operates a well regarded religious images stock photo library: Live in Leura in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney.
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2 Responses to World faiths & rites of passage: photography

  1. Interesting insights.

    Do you find stock photography is still a viable means of generating income?

    How do you find Photographers Direct. Do you make sales via that platform?

    Your views will be appreciated.

  2. Thank you for your comment Stuart. I get good sales from Bridgeman, Corbis and Alamy although Alamy sells images for very little return.

    I would not advise anyone in today’s “digital climate” to set up on their own. Agents have the best reach although researchers who have always used World Religions know we stock some of the best and accurate images available. “Religions” means a lot more than photos of churches and temples which is what many photographers think. Even general stock libraries who tick the category ‘religion’. I am currently working on a massive book project featuring world faiths.

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