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Catherine Opie, "Self-Portrait/Nursing" (2004). Chromogenic print. 40 × 32 inches.Edition 7/8. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Purchased with funds contributed by the International Director's Council and Executive Committee Members, 2005. © 2008 Catherine Opie. Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, CA

With their colorful robes and bare heads, Buddhist monks are fascinating figures in photography. Their traditional clothing can be especially striking against modern objects and scenery, placing ancient and contemporary ideas side-by-side.