About the Book
Vanishing Faces of Tibet takes a glimpse of the traditional Tibetan culture. Confronted with the assimilative policies of the Chinese government and the rapid modernization and urbanization of their traditional homeland, Tibetans are facing enormous social pressures. As new roads are built and new towns spring up in the mountains and grasslands, young Tibetans are either being forced out by rapid development or lured away by the promise of a better life somewhere else. In the process, they are leaving behind local languages, customs and traditions, succumbing to the pressure to conform to a world that is becoming less varied and more homogenous.
100% of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Seva Canada. The funds will be used to restore the sight of Tibetans. Seva Canada is an international non-governmental organization whose mission is the elimination of preventable and treatable blindness around the world.
Larry Louie was educated as a doctor of optometry. He now splits his time between his practice and his art. Larry’s greatest interest lies far off the beaten path, where indigenous people pursue lives very different from his own, and distinct cultures face rapid change, even extinction. He explores the challenges that arise where people’s lives are caught between the past and present, documenting the social issues of groups that modern society has touched but left behind. His photographs show the strength and perseverance that mark people the world over, revealing the light sometimes found in dark places. By documenting remote societies, he hopes to inspire others to take note of what' is at stake. Larry' s work to document the lives of people around the world has resulted in a vast archive of images. His work has received international recognition, exhibitions and awards including the IPA Lucie Award; National Geographic Photo Essay Award and a humanitarian grant from the WPGA