Return To The Roof of the World: Photographs by Nicholas Vreeland

Pyramid, Tibet, 2003 Photograph (c) Nicholas Vreeland

April 22 – June 4, 2011
Leica Gallery, New York
670 Broadway, NYC 10012

This exhibition follows the journey of photographer and Buddhist monk, Nicholas Vreeland, as he accompanied his teacher, Tibetan incarnate lama Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, on his return to Tibet after 50 years. Rinpoche, author of My Life and Lives, fled Tibet in 1959. In 2003, he visited his birthplace, in Dagyab, Eastern Tibet, and Vreeland photographed the journey home. These black and white photographs were taken as they rode horseback many hours each day towards “The Roof of the World” where Rinpoche was welcomed by devotees, many of whom had never before seen their lama. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Avedon.

Oskar Barnack Room:
A selection of color portraits of Tibet’s greatest lamas Vreeland took in the late 1970’s, including photographs of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his Senior Tutor, Ling Rinpoche, and his Debating Partner, Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche.

Nicholas Vreeland, Director of The Tibet Center, New York, and editor of An Open Heart, Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life, by The Dalai Lama, lives part time Rato Monastery, reestablished in Karnataka, India. Photos for Rato, an exhibition of Vreeland’s photographs to raise funds for the reconstruction of Rato Monastery, was held at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, and has since toured Europe, India, and the US. Elizabeth Avedon has designed photography exhibitions at major institutions that include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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