The great datsan near Ivolginsk is the only buddhist monastry in the Soviet Union that remained active during the period of communist rule. It is situated in the Buriat Republic, which is a part of the Russian Federation.
The tiny village of Ivolginsk and the monastry are about an hour's bus drive from Ulan Udé, the capital of the Buriat Republic.
Nowadays many new monastries are being built in this part of Siberia, mostly in places that are hard to get to.
The photographs are made with a Lubitel' box camera with Lomo 27x4.0 objective and kodak film. They are digitised in an Ultima Electronics Scanrom-4e scanner from positive prints and digitally processed with Paint Shop Pro.