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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Umbrage Editions (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884167365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884167362
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,477,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA-Through photographs, personal statements, official documents, and miscellaneous collections of ephemera, this striking and thought-provoking presentation illustrates conditions in Tibet during the last decade. The political situation is full of conflict and confusion and a Western observer's understanding of it may be vague at least and perplexed at best. Robert Coles's introduction sets the stage by examining the importance of photojournalism in today's political upheavals; in a concluding essay, Robbie Barnett, a British specialist on Tibet, explicates some of the history and the conflicts between the Tibetans and the conquering Chinese. The emotional impact of this book, however, lies in the immediacy of the photos taken at much personal risk by Lehman and an oral history of the independence movement by one of the monks involved from the start. His vivid pictures of demonstrations and nomads, privileged Chinese workers and Tibetan shantytowns, inspiring Tibetan architecture and utilitarian Chinese apartment blocks encourage readers to wish for the supremacy of the native population and the continuation of its unique and spiritual culture. While some previous information on the history of this struggling area might be useful, this is a fine example of the power of personal history and photojournalism and will certainly lead to interest in the plight of the monks, the Dalai Lama, and the rule of the Chinese conquerors.
Susan H. Woodcock, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This highly charged collection of photographs by American photojournalist Lehman documents the Chinese intrusion in Tibet in recent years. Arranged in a scrapbook-like style with captions handwritten on the borders, the images are intentionally disturbing. Political demonstrations, police and military brutality, and environmental degradation are contrasted with a few scenes of traditional Tibetan life. Barnett's much-needed essay providing background and balance to the photos is unfortunately tucked away at the end of the book. A number of good books on Tibet have come out in recent years, including Robert Apte's calmer Tibet: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land (LJ 5/15/98) and Steven Batchelor's more comprehensive The Tibet Guide (LJ 3/15/98). All three make important statements and belong in larger public libraries.AHarold M. Otness, Southern Oregon Univ. Lib., Ashland
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L on March 1, 1999
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I have just returned from seeing Steve Lehman's exhibition of photographs from Tibet at the Newseum/NY- PLEASE GO SEE THIS SHOW IF YOU CAN!!! I stood before some of the most touching and moving color, black and white photographs and collages with tears running down my face at the inhumanity and humanity of the disgusting situation in Tibet. How can the United States and other so-called free nations stand back and allow this foul occupation continue to take place? Not only is the culture, religion, architecture, forests, etc. of Tibet being decimated but MOST IMPORTANTLY her people are being mass murdered, tortured and ignored by the "powers that be." (The setting of the show was wonderful also with thankgas, prayer wheels and other Tibetan objects. It was also incredible to be surrounded by all the photographs in one fell swoop.) I was particularly struck by the personal, hand-written descriptions on the photographs which made them even more immediate. One could really feel for the peaceful protestors who were subsequently imprisoned and tortured. I searched their faces and was mesmerized and thought about what each person's life was like now. Even if you cannot stand before the pictures, be surrounded by the injustice of it all, do obtain the book and see for yourself. This is photo-journalism at its finest and most poignant.Mr. Lehman's photographs give ample illustration that more needs to be done to help the Tibetans and now!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1998
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A stirring photographic essay which gives texture and grit to the reality of life in Tibet. A timely reminder of the ongoing ecogenocide and obliteration of Tibetan culture in its painful recent history under the Chinese. -Peter Matthiessen, Author
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1998
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i just wanted to say how incredible i thought this book is. the layout and design really highlights the power of the photos. perhaps most important, the book allows the reader/viewer to gain some insight into the complexities of the tibetan situation. the author's passion for the people and culture there is profoundly moving.
sue simon
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