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Mike Yamashita
Elusive Paradise: Michael Yamashita’s Shangri-La (along the tea road to Lhasa)
Thursday, December 19, 2013 6:30-8:00pm

© Ira Block

National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita will provide a rare and fast-disappearing view of Tibet through images from his new book, Shangri-La. His work captures the essence of the elusive and mythical paradise of Shangri-la as imagined in James Hilton’s elegant and moving novel, Lost Horizon, as well as the often harsh reality of the land that inspired it.

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Yamashita’s photographs embody both the rich, Tibetan culture as well as the rapidly changing face of the area since the Chinese invasion in 1950.  His photographs, taken over a period of fifteen years, may well be among the last images of Tibet to be captured by a foreigner, as Tibetan travel for non-Chinese has been radically curtailed by the Chinese authorities.  Yamashita’s work offers a record of a way of life that has flourished in the rarefied heights of the Himalayas for centuries but is now threatened with extinction; it is a chance to see this world before the legends and mysteries of the Tea Horse Road disappear into the Tibetan mist.

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