Nomads continue to fascinate many people. Moving across the grasslands with their animals, their home a tent, nomads evoke freedom. Their world cherishes mobility and the liberty to roam in search of grass and water. Nomads are constantly exposed to the elements of nature -- rain, snowstorms, and drought; they take these events for granted and face them with remarkable equanimity. Values that humankind admires -- courage, integrity, generosity -- are principles instinctive to nomads. They also have an intimate knowledge of their environment and an amazing ability to handle animals -- a skill rare among most people today. Despite these admirable traits, nomads are facing serious threats throughout the world.
I first started working with Tibetan nomads in Nepal in 1975 and since then I have had the opportunity to work with nomads throughout Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia and across the Tibetan areas of what is now the Peoples' Republic of China. The photographs in this exhibition of nomads in Tibet provides a visual record of a remarkable people who still make their living raising livestock in one of the harshest environments on earth. As such, these images serve as a documentary on Tibetan nomads and their vanishing way of life, adding to our understanding of a sublime landscape and an extraordinary culture.
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