Seeing Tibet

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In 2007/2008 I lived in Lhasa and Xining. I studied Tibetan language at Tibet University and carried out fieldwork for my PhD on the industry of Tibetan medicine. Seeing Tibet is a reflection on my efforts to capture what I saw and tried to understand – a world very different from the world of monks, monasteries, pilgrims and prayer flags as which Tibet is so often depicted. This is where the idea to [ the other image ] was born.

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09 November 2013

Monastery on Steroids

Arura's ambitious Tibetan Medicine Museum of China.

Seeing Tibet | Xining, Tibetan medicine, heritage, museum


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17 November 2012

Ritual Equipment

Shoton as social media event.

Seeing Tibet | Drepung, heritage, Lhasa, making images, Shoton, Tibet


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04 September 2012

Look, Tibet!

The Friendship Highway, Chinese students, and an exhibition in Singapore.

Seeing Tibet | Friendship Highway, roads, Himalayas, Tibet


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15 May 2012

New Heritage

Business men, window-shopping monks, and visions of a prosperous and peaceful Lhasa.

Seeing Tibet | construction, houses, Lhasa, heritage


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02 May 2012

Past Nobility

The houses of Lhasa’s erstwhile aristocracy as relics of a socialist past.

Seeing Tibet | aristocracy, houses, Lhasa, Tibet


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25 April 2012

Whiten Drepung

Snow and the absence of red robed monks in what used to be the world’s biggest monastery.

Seeing Tibet | Drepung, Lhasa, monks, rebellion, snow


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18 April 2012

Yangpachen

Socialism, spa and a power plant at 4300 m above sea.

Seeing Tibet | hot spring, power plant, socialism, tourism


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02 April 2012

The Long Lens

Today, there is no shortage of images from the Land of Snows. Yet, their scope has remained astonishingly narrow.

Seeing Tibet | Lhasa, making images, pilgrims, Tibet, tourism


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28 March 2012

Red Banners and Demons

“Everyone protect cultural heritage and share the fruits of its protection!” – Propaganda, yes. But to whom is it addressed?

Seeing Tibet | Lhasa, pilgrims, Potala, propaganda, red banners, Tibet


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22 March 2012

Norway for Namtso

An invitation by the Tibet Tourism Bureau to visit Namtso turns out to be full of surprises.

Seeing Tibet | Lhasa, making images, Namtso, Potala, Tibet, tourism


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