Kham,Tibet<br />
This photo was featured in the magazine and made the cover the Taschen book celebrating 125 Years of National Geographic as well as my book, “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit.”<br />
I have been drawn to Tibet ever since I was child. When I moved to Nepal I discovered there were 120,000 refugees living throughout India and Nepal. I visited all 47 Tibetan refugee settlements and became consumed with documenting how the Tibetan people in exile have managed to maintain their culture despite not having a country.<br />
I have since made dozens of trips into Tibet, deep into the countryside as I follow the nomads. The photos and interviews became the basis of my Masters these in Visual Anthropology at U.C. Berkeley and two of my books, “The Spirit of Tibet” and “The Dalai Lama, A Simple Monk.”<br />
On this particular trip I was driving in the remote eastern region of the Tibetan Plateau when I saw this young girl, part of a crowd returning from a horse festival. It was pouring rain, so I brought her to a nearby school to take her photograph She was so small that the light from the window barely reached her; I had to stand her on a desk. Even at the age of four, she had a face that seemed to express the underlying sadness of a culture that has been so challenged. Yet she had a look of resilience and tenacity well beyond her years.

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Kham,Tibet
This photo was featured in the magazine and made the cover the Taschen book celebrating 125 Years of National Geographic as well as my book, “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit.”
I have been drawn to Tibet ever since I was child. When I moved to Nepal I discovered there were 120,000 refugees living throughout India and Nepal. I visited all 47 Tibetan refugee settlements and became consumed with documenting how the Tibetan people in exile have...
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  • Date: 14 Aug 2010
  • Location: Tibet
  • Filename: Wright_007.jpg
  • Image size: 918x1400 pixels