Out of TibetDuring my first trip to Tibet in the year 2000, I could see how Tibetan culture and religion were repressed in their homeland. I came back with a sense of sadness and disappointment about what I thought was lost forever. But a few years later, I met a Tibetan family in India who assured me that by visiting their settlement, I would find what I was looking for. So I decided to follow them to Bylakuppe, a refugee camp in Southern India where I discovered how the refugees were able to uphold their culture.
For the last 10 years I have been documenting Tibetan refugees in several areas of India (Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Ladakh, Bodhgaya), Nepal, Taiwan, US, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Canada; focusing on their daily activities in the countries where they now live and the deep intimacy of their private lives where they continue to practice and honor their Tibetan beliefs.
My goal is to unite visually, the Tibetans in exile who are now displaced all around the world, living in limbo, in a unique de facto state. With a Prime Minister and a government that no country in the world recognizes; an official language and their own medicine, symbols, calendar, and, above all, their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.Book published by Dewi Lewis Publishing: http://www.dewilewis.com/collections/new-titles/products/out-of-tibet