|About the Book|
Award-winning photographer Steve Lehman has assembled with this book the most thorough and visually compelling account of contemporary Tibetan culture done to date. Ranging from Lehmans spectacular images of the landmark 1987 uprisings by TibetanMoreAward-winning photographer Steve Lehman has assembled with this book the most thorough and visually compelling account of contemporary Tibetan culture done to date. Ranging from Lehmans spectacular images of the landmark 1987 uprisings by Tibetan monks to Newsweeks feature story on Tibet (inspired by the release of the Hollywood films, Kundun and Seven Years in Tibet) Lehmans intimate, startling, and sometimes shocking photographs are the result of an intense passion for the culture and unprecedented access to all segments of life in Tibet, both indigenous and Chinese.Lehmans evocative photographs bring us deep inside the complexities of contemporary Tibetan culture: political unrest, human rights conditions, cultural assimilation, population displacement, environmental degradation, and the against all odds preservation of the heart of Tibetan culture, Tibetan Buddhism, and its long exiled deity, the Dalai Lama. Extensive quotes and oral histories culled by Lehman during his ten years in Tibet will supplement the photo essays, as will images of Tibetan cultural icons and ephemera, maps and propaganda, religious imagery, and reproductions of currency used by Tibetans and ethnic Chinese inhabiting Tibet.Anchoring this amazing collection will be an authoritative and up-to-date essay and time-line by Robbie Barnett, Executive Director of the Tibet Information Network. Each copy of The Tibetans will include an authentic Tibetan-produced prayer flag, which will allow each owner of the book to spread the dharma as done by Tibetans.