April Fonti

Photographer; Picture Editor
   
Valleys Deep and Mountains High
Location: Sydney
Nationality: Australian; Irish
Biography: I am currently pursuing independent projects and working as a picture editor. Previously I worked as a picture editor at the European Pressphoto Agency and Australian Associated Press, wrote and photographed travel features for a number of... MORE
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Valleys Deep and Mountains High
Copyright April Fonti 2022
Date of Work Sep 2011 - Sep 2011
Updated Nov 2019
Topics Buddhism, Civil Rights, Documentary, Freedom, Oppression, Photography
WE are high up on the eastern slope of the Tibetan plateau in the southwest mountains of China and a young Tibetan boy is singing for an audience of yak herders and monks.

A dim yellow globe lights up handpainted lotus flowers on the walls and the boy sings with a beautifully controlled tremor. When he finishes, everyone starts to clap. But the boy’s aunt starts chiding him. ‘‘You need to learn some valley songs,’’ she says, before clumping across the wooden floors in her black skirts to teach him a yak-herding song.

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