Getty Research Institute: Carl and Jennifer Strom, Korean Buddhist Monasteries

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) has contributed approximately 3,200 images from the Carl and Jennifer Strom Archive to the  Artstor Digital Library (Artstor had originally collaborated with the Stroms and the University of California, Los Angeles to digitize their photographs of Korean Buddhist monasteries). 

The Archive consists primarily of photographs of South Korean Buddhist temple and monastery art from the Choson Period (1392-1910), including altar paintings, murals, and sculptures — many of which have subsequently been lost or destroyed. Coverage extends from the 13th to the 20th centuries, with the largest concentration of paintings dating from the 17th - 18th centuries. In addition to the temple and monastery art, a portion of the Archive documents the Emille Collection of Korean folk painting, which was photographed before its dispersal.

Carl Strom photographed Korean temple art in the mid-1970s, visiting and evaluating approximately 500 sites over the course of his travels. Together, Carl and Jennifer assembled the Strom Archive, which documents approximately 120 locations, including Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as Confucian, shaman, private ancestor, and roadside shrines. Burglind Jungman, Professor of Korean art history at the University of California, Los Angeles, generously collaborated in this important effort to digitize a unique archive that preserves a visual record of a vanishing and under-studied art form. 

The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts, by providing expertise and resources for art historical research. Its library collections include over one million books, periodicals, and auction catalogs. Extensive special collections of unique materials, primarily works on paper -- rare books, prints, and photographs, deepen the research resources along with an expansive photo archive.