Photography and Tibet
Magnificent and mysterious, Tibet has been a source offascination for outsiders for centuries, and its grand landscapesand vibrant culture have especially captivated photographers. Butthe country is both geographically and politically challenging, andaccess from the outside has never been easy. With this book, ClareHarris offers the first historical survey of photography in Tibetand the Himalayas, telling the intriguing stories of both Tibetansand foreigners who have attempted to document the region’s wonderson film. Harris combines extensive research in museums and archives with herown fieldwork in Tibetan communities to present materials that havenever been examined before—including the earliest known photographtaken in Tibet, dating to 1863. She looks at the experimentalcamera-work of Tibetan monks—including the thirteenth DalaiLama—and the creations of contemporary Tibetan photographers andartists. 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 interestedin the dramatic history of Tibet since the mid-nineteenth centuryand its unique entanglements with aesthetics and modernity.