Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781780236520 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Photography and Tibet

Clare Harris

Photography and Tibet

Clare Harris

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224 pages | 60 color plates, 50 halftones | 7 1/2 x 8 2/3 | © 2016
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781780236520 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Magnificent and mysterious, Tibet has been a source of fascination for outsiders for centuries, and its grand landscapes and vibrant culture have especially captivated photographers. But the country is both geographically and politically challenging, and access from the outside has never been easy. With this book, Clare Harris offers the first historical survey of photography in Tibet and the Himalayas, telling the intriguing stories of both Tibetans and foreigners who have attempted to document the region’s wonders on film.
            Harris combines extensive research in museums and archives with her own fieldwork in Tibetan communities to present materials that have never been examined before—including the earliest known photograph taken in Tibet, dating to 1863. She looks at the experimental camera-work of Tibetan monks—including the thirteenth Dalai Lama—and the creations of contemporary Tibetan photographers and artists. With every image she explores the complex religious, political, and cultural climate in which it was produced. Stunningly illustrated, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the dramatic history of Tibet since the mid-nineteenth century and its unique entanglements with aesthetics and modernity.
 
Contents
Note on Language
Prologue
One: Picturing Tibet from the Periphery
Two: The Opening of Tibet to Photography
Three: Tibetan Encounters with the Camera
Epilogue
 
References
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index
 
Review Quotes
The Dalai Lama
“Photography and Tibet is an invaluable introduction to the multiple ways that Tibet has been depicted through photography. I hope this book will enable the general public to have an idea of the rich and ancient Buddhist culture of Tibet, with its natural heritage of nonviolence and compassion, which has the potential to benefit humanity at large. I therefore welcome this book.”
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