Monks' Beginning


A monk's begging bowl carries a special cultural significance in Burma. Because they are not allowed to have possessions, monks walk every morning from door to door with their bowls, begging for a bit of rice. Despite their own difficult lives, many Burmese people share their food with the monks.

In 2007, the monks' shocking decision to protest the authoritarian government sent a strong signal to the people: even apolitical monks, who typically concern themselves only with their spiritual goals, were standing up against the military junta. They marched through the streets of Yangon and Mandalay while holding their begin bowls upside down. This was the first time the monks had stood up to the government—by 2010, the junta had fallen.

Christian Bobst


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We are currently offering photographs in two different formats:

- Classic: 40x30cm or 50x40cm (depending on image)
- Large: 80x60cm

    Each photographs' size has been decided in collaboration with the photographer to make sure the final piece is in the optimal dimension to suit the work.

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    All prints are produced on Baryta Hahnemühle 315g, on Epson Pigment Inkjet. All prints have been approved by the photographer. We work closely with each photographer to ensure every edition reflects their intentions.

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    The edition is not limited based on quantity but based on time. Each sale will present a unique selection of photographs and formats that will only be available for the duration of the sale. The limited time is part of what make our prints special.

    Christian Bobst (b. 1971, Switzerland) originally studied graphic design. For almost 15 years, he worked as an internationally awarded creative director for major advertising agencies in Switzerland and Germany. In 2010, he decided to focus working as a freelance documentary photographer.

    Since then, he has covered stories in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. His pictures were published in magazines and newspapers such as Stern, NZZ, die Zeit, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books, Six Mois, Huffington Post and Geo. In 2016, he was named a winner in the World Press Photo Awards—the resulting exhibition was shown in 100 cities in 45 countries around the world.

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