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Matthieu Ricard and the Himalaya

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The Himalayas. The chain of mountains which includes the highest peaks in the world, like the mount Everest. In these mountains lives at the Séchèn monastery, Matthieu Ricard , Buddhist monk, official interpreter of French for the Dalai Lama and photographer. A life spent in this intimacy allows him to capture, through his lens, the masters, the landscapes and the population of this isolated region of the world of which he takes a magnificent portrait. YellowKorner takes you on a trip to the Himalayas with Matthieu Ricard to help you discover the most beautiful snapshots of these mountain landscapes.

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BIOGRAPHY

“Matthieu's camera and his spiritual life are one, and from this spring these images, fleeting and eternal. Henri-Cartier Bresson. Matthieu Ricard was born in France in 1946. Since 1967, he lived in Himalayas to study Tibetan Buddhism and is the French interpreter of the Dalai Lama since 1989. He lives in Nepal at Shechen Monastery and devotes much of his time to the preservation of Tibetan cultural heritage. Matthieu Ricard has photographed the spiritual masters, landscapes, and people of the Himalayans over the last forty-five years and published several albums of photography including, in English, Journey to Enlightenment (Aperture, 1996), Buddhist Himalayas (Harry Abrams, 2002), Dancers Monks of Tibet (Shambhala, 2003), Tibet, an Inner Journey (Thames and Hudson, 2006), Motionless Journey (Thames and Hudson, 2007) and Bhutan, a Land of Peace (Thames and Hudson, 2008). His work have been exhibited in New York, Paris, Perpignan, Winthertur, Stockholm and Hong Kong and reviewed in the New York Times and other magazines throughout the world.  ... See more See less

" I use photography as a source of hope, which restores confidence in human nature and revives our awe at the natural world around us."

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The series of Namo Buddha

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The new series of Matthieu Ricard focuses on the spectacular views of the mountain Namo Buddha. The Tibetan temple appears through the mist nestled at the top of this mountain. A mysterious and mystical atmosphere is created. Matthieu Ricard presents us with a photographic fresco of great serenity and fullness. This contemplation and play of light soothes, Matthieu Ricard invites us into his contemplative journey and to his hymn to beauty. The photographs become an abstract expression of the landscapes asiatics and more specifically the Himalayan mountain range. The photographs exude a sense of rarity and beauty, the viewer finds himself in a Zen setting. This desire for meditation emanates from each spectator.

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His vision of the world

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These landscapes may seem so far away but for Matthieu Ricard it is this environment that shapes his daily life. He gives his personal vision of the Himalayan beauties, the peaks of Tibet or Nepal. Through his photographs, he shows the grandiose landscape that he encounters, a world of great cold , far from the big cities and fills with serenity. Matthieu Ricard also offers you a look full of truth. This Buddhist monk living in Tibet makes the magical landscapes magic of the high mountains of Nepal travel to you. It reveals to you a past life in the heart of a nature as breathtaking as it is unknown, a universe far away from ours.

In addition to his splendid landscapes, Matthieu Ricard also photographs the monks he meets. He creates a series of pictures of monks in meditation in some of the most incredible places: in a cave in Iceland, on a road in Patagonia or on the heights of Nepal. These photographs are a real ode to the fullness and beauty of the world.

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