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The Tibetans

Frank Ward | This is Tibet and it is unlawfully claimed by China, Tibet

Amdo Pilgrims

These portraits of Tibetans were taken with an 8X10 inch view camera in 1992 and 1994 during two winter trips to Tibet.

Most of the portraits were made in Lhasa and at nearby monasteries and shrines--at the West Gate, Drepung, Sera, Ganden, Samye, the Jokhang and near the Lukhang.

I have been photographing Tibetan culture since I met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India in 1974.  In 1992, 1994 and 1998, I went to Tibet with an 8X10 and other cameras and began detailing life after fifty years of Chinese suppression. These pictures are meant to celebrate the survival of the Tibetan way of life.  In spite of the Chinese attempts to hollow out the soul of Tibet, it continues to be a majestic land that retains a power incomprehensible to the materialistic Chinese invaders.

This work was done with the help of the National Endowment for the Arts and The New England Foundation of the Arts.

Frank Ward



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