MATTHIEU RICARD

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The artist

“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

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

MATTHIEU RICARD

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Residing for over thirty years in the heart of the Himalayas, singular photographer Matthieu Ricard has a view of this region that is not that of a foreigner, but that of a Buddhist monk over his adoptive country. Like all of the photographs he has produced for many years now, this one, according to the photographer, is a real source of hope that restores confidence in human nature and revives our wonder in the splendours of nature. A hymn to the beauty that helps us to travel the world over, to the remotest of regions, to discover extraordinary peoples, cultures, landscapes, and rituals. "A monastery emerging from the fog in the early hours of the morning, horses galloping under a stormy sky in Tibet, or hills fading with the light, captured by flying over the Andes... I'm on the lookout for this magic so I can offer it to others."

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31 March 2017

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