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ONE-WAY TRIP TO ORIENT

Bewitching landscapes, perfumed scents, and the traditions of a bygone age: let yourself be enchanted by an entrancing journey through this selection of photographs and discover the most beautiful pearls of Asia in a riot of colours and scents, guided by our photographers Matthieu Ricard, Pascal Mannaerts, and Tuul and Bruno Morandi.

Matthieu Ricard

Spiritual Photographer

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


While Tibet is an inexhaustible source of wealth for Buddhist monks, it is also an inexhaustible source of beauty for photographers. Living in Tibet since 1972 and serving as a French interpreter to the Dalai Lama, Mathieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk and photographer. He combines the grandiose beauty of the Himalayas and a very special atmosphere in his photos, filling all those who contemplate them with a surprising sense of serenity.

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

PASCAL MANNAERTS

Traveller Photographer

BIOGRAPHY

Pascal Mannaerts was born in Brussels in 1978. He has been interested in travel and discovering new horizons since childhood and began his studies in law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, which led him to work with refugees in Belgium. An artist from a very young age, it was on his first backpacker trips as a student that he truly discovered photography, which testified to the encounters and exchanges he experienced along the way. It served as a way for him to share his discoveries and immortalise them. In the year 2000, he went to India for the first time, with his first reflex camera. India triggered something inside him, and he was to return there again and again. After his studies, he embarked on his first year-long journey, through India and Southeast Asia. An inveterate backpacker, for over 15 years, he is a regular globetrotter, bringing back powerful images that people can identify with. His many journeys have also led him to Asia, Africa and Latin America, to the Maghreb and the Middle East. As a self-taught photographer, he mainly learned photography on the road, through his curiosity and taste for originality and spontaneity. His work reflects this desire for communion, a certain curiosity for life, an appetite for encounters and the magic binding it all together of his photos have been published by Géo, Lonely Planet, the Guide du Routard, the Maison des Indes and in several travel magazines in Europe.  ... See more See less

In this series, Bernhard Hartmann concentrates on forgotten gardens and moves away from the sumptuous spectator-less interiors by revealing a world open to the sky. The melancholy images of Bernhard Hartmann come as a result of his frenetic, nearly obsessional, yet poetic research as he immortalises abandoned sites found during his travels . Here, nature retakes its hold little by little, invading the spaces which seem to have been forgotten by civilization. These spaces defy time, welcoming the silence that comes only after humanity has disappeared.

TUUL ET BRUNO MORANDI

A Shared Love of Travel


Fans of Asia, , Tuul and Bruno Morandi never tire of exploring the natural treasures of the continent.. Their favourite countries remain Nepal, where Bruno Morandi speaks the language, and Mongolia, where Tuul was born and where she loves to roam the immense steppes. However, the photographs that they create are not only invitations to travel, they also encourage us to meditate on the fragile beauty of our environment, whether it be human, natural, or cultural.

About the artwork

Great fans of Asia, the photographers never tire of exploring the natural treasures found on the continent. Their favourite countries remain Nepal, where Bruno Morandi speaks the language, and Mongolia, where Tuul is from and where she likes to roam across the immense steppe. The reports that they produce are not however only invitations to travel, they also encourage us to meditate on the fragile beauty of our environment, whether it be human, natural, or cultural. Colour dominates and the artists take great pride in using it as a vital element of their images. Harmony and colour contrasts effectively enable the forms to be revealed and accentuate the depth of the landscape. Woman on the Stairs II was taken in Jaipur, an old fortified city and the gateway to Rajasthan, which is nicknamed the pink city for the colour that unifies its architecture.