Toni Kowal has harboured a passion for both the science and art of photography since his early teens and thus, at age 18, enrolled as a student of the internationally renowned Optical Physicist Prof. Samuel Tolansky.

Upon graduation, Toni travelled extensively in Japan before continuing his studies for a postgraduate degree in Applied Optics at London’s Imperial College.

During this second university tenure he established Vintage Cameras Ltd., and supplied the world’s major museums and collections with rare images by great early masters of photography (Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Hill & Adamson, Evans, Man Ray and many others) and with antique cameras and lenses tracing the history of photography from the Daguerrian era.

Toni went on to study Japanese for four years at the School of Oriental and African Studies thence commenced to travel the world (over 200 visits to Japan alone) capturing images which reflect the beauty of the countries and the soul of the people he was privileged to meet.

He has lectured extensively and taken part in numerous seminars (Oxford University, European Parliament, British Gas, KPMG, The Body Shop and many others) and his work has been featured in exhibitions, published in magazines and used to illustrate important international project proposals.

Please enjoy a small selection of the thousands of fascinating images he has amassed. You can request subject photographs from the countries featured, these are available on high quality 35mm slide, Cibachrome print, or high resolution scans to CD ROM.

On this page: The Kingdom of Bhutan – a temple crowning a lofty Himmalayan peak in this last Shangri-La.