In 2011, the photographer York Hovest accompanied the Dalai Lama during his trip to Germany. At the time, Hovest promised the Dalai Lama to do a portrait of his country, and to show the world how things are there.
After a year preparing for this virtually impossible journey, Hovest set out on his breathtaking expedition: he spent one hundred days in Tibet – on foot, on a motorbike and in a car. Time and again he dared to enter areas difficult to reach; forbidden places few visitors get to see.
He only managed to do this with the active help of the Tibetans, who allowed him to be part of their lives and who gave him their complete trust. Hovest accompanied them to secret places, reaching the limits of his – and his camera's – physical strength at minus 30 degrees and an altitude of 6000 metres.
His impressive images capture both the wonderful landscape and, with the touching portraits of Tibetan nomads and monks, the very soul of this mysterious country.
128 pages, 95 photographs. Bound with dust cover.
17 x 25 cm. Bi-lingual edition German/English
Handsigned by York Hovest. For as long as stocks last. Now available at the LFI-Shop.
See York Hovest’s reportage in LFI 1/2015.