Collection: Bhutan Black and White

Hidden beneath the towering peaks of the eastern Himalaya, Bhutan is the final outpost of the rapidly disappearing Tantric Buddhist culture that once guarded the Roof of the World.  Tibet, Ladakh, Mustang, and Sikkim have all fallen to conquest, or cultural and economic colonialism, while Bhutan—never conquered, never colonized—remains the last jewel in Buddhism’s Himalayan crown, blessed with peace, prosperity and an ancient culture still vibrant and alive.  The Fourth King rejected the conventional model of global development: more is better and growing consumption equals success. The King aimed to balance the country’s economic needs with preserving the environment and traditional values—a policy founded on the Buddhist principles that all life is sacred and all living beings are interdependent.

With such abundant resources and enlightened leadership, it’s easy to romanticize Bhutan.  But to do so would be a great disservice, trivializing the very real challenges — internal and external — that threaten the Bhutanese future. These photos reveal some of these challenges and give them a human face.

 

Prints are on Hahnemuhle heavy weight (315 gsm) 100% archival cotton “Photo Rag Baryta”, using archival inks and archival spray coating for a life of 200-years before any deterioration of the print will be observed when stored, handled and displayed under archival conditions.

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  • Haridar Takur with customer, Thimphu, 2004
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  • Laya School, 2005
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  • Laya zam threshing barley, Lubcha, 1998
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  • Little monks at the prayer wall, Dechen Phodrang, 2002
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  • Mother and children, Lubcha, Laya, 1994
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  • Neylu snow, Laya, 2006
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  • Neylu village, Laya, 2004
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