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April 7, 2017 at 2 p.m. Joe Mickey will present a lecture to The Mendocino Study Club at Preston Hall in Mendocino. The event is open to the public. (Mendocino Study Club On Facebook)

AUG. 20. 2016
NEW FILM RELEASE FOR ALL ... We have a full English copy up at:

Rinz Jia is a former Tibetan monk who offers a rare view as he returns to the monastery of his boyhood. Produced by The Tibetan Photo Project and a GoFundMe project. and check the blog by searching "Search for Light" for the full story on the development of this unique film

Tuesday, March 1 at 7 PM in PST
India Short Stories

Arena Theater
214 Main St, Point Arena, California 95468

India Short Stories Vol. 1 & 2 have been produced from a two and a half year stay in India and features the Tibetan community in exile. We hope you can come to the Arena Theater in Point Arena, Ca. on March 1 at 7 p.m. Joe and Sazzy are two-time Audience Favorite award winning film makers and producers with over a quarter million views at the Annual Culture Unplugged Online Film Festival. We appreciate if you can share the event and raise awareness. Use the invite button to tell friends .... Visually Yours, Joe Mickey and Sazzy Varga, Cofounders of The Tibetan Photo Project. Visit the Arena Theater Website for Tickets . Our last screening was a sell out...

October 2013- 2016

Dreams Of India
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Official Selection in the Tibetan Film Festival MexicoOfficial Selection in the Tibetan Film Festival SpainOfficial Selection in the Tibetan Film Festival Oakland CA

Visually and Respectfully Yours, The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project
Official Selection for The 2009 and 2010 Tibetan Film Festivals.

Cuture UnpluggedThe Tibetan Photo Project films at Culture Unplugged Film Festival

Voices In Exile, Produced by The Tibetan Photo Project and filmed by Tenzin Wangden Andrugtsang finished the 2008 year as the "No. 1 - Most Viewed" film on the online Culture Unplugged Film Festival. You can see the film at

Visually and Respectfully Yours - The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project finished the festival as the 3rd most viewed film.

Sazzy Varga and Joe Mickey would like to thank the organizers of Culture Unplugged for this great opportunity that allows the world to see these films in a high quality format online.

Selling the DVDs is one way we hope to finance The Tibetan Photo Project Film Makers Education Centers in India, but we also know its important for as many people as possible to see these films. (We also share a percentage of sales with the filmmaker),
Please, after viewing the films, consider a donation if you can... but at the very least... please tell friends.
Visually and Respectfully Yours, Sazzy Varga and Joe Mickey

Scroll down or click here the page for a look at past events and presentations.

The Tibetan Photo Project Mission Statement
The goal of The Tibetan Photo Project is to provide the tools and education to create a voice from the films and photos by Tibetans.

While there have been thousands of great visual works documenting the Tibetans, most have been from the perspective of the Western eye.

The Tibetan Photo Project is working to present the Tibetans' own perspective through this Website, exhibits, films, DVD's and other visual programs created from their own photographic work or by film and photo efforts directed by Tibetans.


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Past Events and Attendance

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Mendicino TV events- Tibetan Photo Porject
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July 14- "Answered Prayers"-Join Producers Joe Mickey and Sazzy Varga for a rare screening by a Tibetan filmmaker who captured the amazing untold story of The Dalai Lama's visit to a remote
Muslim village in the dangerous region of Kashmir in India. Both the making of this
film, the story and ending all add up to miracles.
Joe and Sazzy will provide insights and take questions live and online following the

Mendicino TV events- Tibetan Photo Porject
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July 28th- "Visually and Respectfully Yours"-The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project
"The Tibetan Photo Project is an amazing effort that began when Tibetans
visited Mendocino on a cultural tour." Be part of the live studio audience or
log on and join founders Sazzy Varga and Joe Mickey and get the inside
story on this incredible 12 year journey that is growing a voice through the
films and photos by Tibetans in exile that has been heard and seen by millions
around the globe.

Ongoing- The Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino's is carrying our The Tibetan Photo Project and India Travel 4 DVD set.

 The Tibetan Photo Project Exhibit, Florida in 2013

MendocinoTV live screeing of India 101- Down To A Back Pack-Hosted by Sazzy Lee Varga
April 28th 7pm Q and A was held after with Joe Mickey and via Skype with Host Sazzy Varga

INDIA 101 down to a back pack- with Sazzy Varga India 101- Live event- Mendocino TV Frot Bragg CA
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From the Screening of India 101 last night- I was on the live Skype feed that was then broadcast to the live audience and the web viewers worldwide- gotta love technology! —

June 8th 2012 a presentation by: The Tibetan Photo Project and India Travel at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino's (they carry our 4 DVD set) which compliments their ofther collection of the related titles.

February 14, 2012 5:30-7 p.m. Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco
- Marco Island, FL

The exhibit had such sucess it is held over until end of March!

Tibetan Photo Project Marco Island Marco Island League of Art
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Update: The "India 101" Showing at the Point Arena Theater and The
Mendocino Art Center raised $6000 for a scholarship fund to help girls
excape the sex trade in Bihar, India.

**We are looking for new venues, galleries or museums for this amazing work. If you are able to help us in any way please contact**

Here's a sampling-direct to press pages-of what is being said about The Tibetan Photo Project
University of Colorado - Scribe
Centenary College
Shreveport Times
Colorado College - Alumni Bulletin

Also see the Screening Room Gallery for coverage from "Voices In Exile" screening events, as well as the "Voice In Exile" review pages.

Click the image to see a video clip on the Shreveport exhibit at Centenary College.

Jan. 13 2012 at 7 p.m. at Mendocino Theater Company.
The Tibetan Photo Project "India 101"
Proceeds will benefit efforts to help young girls in Bihar, India find alternatives
to working in the sex trade.

Jan. 8, 2012 at 1 p.m. - Arena Theater, Point Arena, California. Benefit showing of
new film from The Tibetan Photo Project "India 101" Q&A will follow.
Proceeds will benefit efforts to help young girls in Bihar, India find alternatives
to working in the sex trade.

October 23, 2010
On 10.23.10 premiere parties for our new film, "Save Tibet...Why?" will be held around the world.
The Mill Valley Show
142 Throckmorton Theatre
Mill Valley, CA

May 22, 2010 to August 2010
New York City exhibit for the Tibetan Photo Projec
Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation
551 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10033

August 17 2009- Northern CA:
Point Arena Theater 7 p.m.
Screening Visually and Respectfully Yours -The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project with Q & A.

August 15 2009 -Okachoke Island, SC:, The second annual Surf Film Festival will add Cultural films including Visually and Respectfully Yours - The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project. Screening is at 4 p.m.
Film fest Okachoke island
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March or July 2009. We were asked t supply our films for: The Tibetan Film FestivalVenue in Delhit either India Habitat Center or India International Centre.

July 25th & 26th -Goshen, Connecticut-

Jewish Federation in Santa Barbara CA April 22-June 15 2009
In Honor of the Dalai Lama's Santa Barbara Visit

The Tibetan Photo Project at the Jewish Federation in Santa Barbara CA, opening April 22. Photos and the films will be shown.

This show also included some rare Tibetan art of museum quality plus some thangkas for medical practices by a foundation in NYC that the Dalia Lama's brother is involved with.
The exhibit was be curated by Lynn Moss Holley. Lynn originally arranged the 4-state Antiouch college and University tour for The Tibetan Photo Project. We appreciate her continued effort.

Art at the JCC presents
Tibet: Magic and Mystery
Opening Reception: Wed, April 22, 5 - 8 pm.
Special Guest Speaker: Mr. Gyalo Thondup, elder brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Rare and contemporary photographs, past and present, local and international photographers, rare and Contemporary art, artifacts and Tongas, books and films. Through July 15.

April, 11 at 7 p.m. Mendocino, CA, Matheson Center of Performing Arts at Mendocino High School. Screening the next film from The Tibetan Photo Project as a Work in Progress, plus short films. FREE DVDs to the first 50 in the door.

March 13, 2009 Evansville, Indiana - Screening Visually and Respectfully Yours,
Reception at 6 p.m. and Screening at 7 p.m. Q&A with Melissa Taveras

Nov. 2008-Tibetan Movie Night Caspar, CA

Sept 2008 Tibet Routes Event - Revival Bar-Toronto, Canada
DVD screenings and photo exhibit from The Tibetan Photo Project

July 24 and July 25- The Tibetan Photo Project supplied stock footage from India for Wisconsin Public Broadcasting production "The Teachers New Temple" which aired. For more information,

July 26 and 27- Films from The Tibetan Photo Project where screened at Tibetfest IV,
In Goshen,CT.

Sat. Feb. 23 - 7p.m.
Presented by Joe Mickey
Clubhouse at The Woods 43300 Little River Airport Road -Mendocino County, Ca
The Tibetan Photo Project Slide Show

Oct. 19. 2007- Ukiah, CA Mendocino College Room 5310

April - May
Colby College, Waterville, Maine screenings of "Voices in Exile" and "Visually and Respectfully Yours - The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project." Screenings are sponsored by Colby College Students for a Free Tibet.

Interview Duke University- Conversations Program and The Tibetan Photo Project
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March 28, 2007- Duke University- Conversations with The Tibetan Photo Project co-founders,
Sazzy Varga and Joe Mickey
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Duke University Sazzy Varga

The Tibetan Photo Project co-founder Sazzy Varga presented a kata to Duke Conversations host Kyle Knight. Click photo to enlarge

Duke University
Duke University,Durham, N.C.

Duke University Conversations
Duke Conversations, evening at Duke University

March 13 at 7pm and Thursday March 15 at 7pm.-
MCTV, Cable channel 3, broadcast the documentary "Visually and Respectfully Yours - The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project"

March 13 at 7pm and again on Thursday March 15 at 7pm.
"Visually and Respectfully Yours - The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project"
premiered in Mendocino it was photographed in Tibetan exile communities throughout India.

November 4 and through November 21 A portion of the Tibetan Photo Projects Gallery exhibits
was open at the
Mendocino Art Center.

October 2006
Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA. Slide show and "Visually and Respectfully Yours - The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project." Check back for details.

November 4th 2006
"Visually and Respectfully - The Story of The Tibetan Photo Project"
See Gallery 61 showing how the event went
Online video clips

Dancing Child India 01:02 (youtube)

Buddhism 05:20 (google)

Dancing Child India 01:12 (google)

Date: Sept. 23 - Nov. 4
Antioch Exhibit, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Exhibit entitled: The Tibetan Photo Project

antioch university
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Saturday-November 5, 2005
Premiere in Healdsburg, California.
Raven Theatre, Healdsburg, CA. Independent films double feature 7 p.m.

Premiere reception at 6:30 p.m.

Date: November 20, 2005
Golden Gate Club at the Presidio -San Fransico, CA
See "Voices in Exile" at the 20th anniversary of Tibet Day in San Francisco at the Presidio. Get more information by contacting Bay Area Friends of Tibet

Date: October 11, 2005
Antioch University-Herndon Gallery Yellow Springs, Ohio , 7 p.m.
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Date: August 16th and 19th, 7 p.m.
Community Public Television - MCCET 3, Fort Bragg, CA

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2005 Menodo Cinema
Perfume Mendo/Gallery of the Senses/Audio Nouveau Mendocino, CA
Producer's reception, 7:30 p.m. Screening at 8 p.m. This was a SOLD OUT event! Many thanks to all who attended and all those who bought DVD's!

Dates Thurs. 7 July - Sunday 10 July 2005 Location Cinemas -Australia
Tibetan Film Festival 2005 Melbourne, Australia

Date: February 27 - May 29, 2005,The Tibetan Photo Project exhibit at The Meadows Museum at Centenary College
Exhibit entitled: Tibet: A Photographic Essay through the Eyes of Monks in Exile and Men Against the Clouds: Photographs by Early Explorers to Tibet

These exhibitions have been organized for presentation to the Northwest Louisiana community by the staff of the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College of LA in cooperation with Joe Mickey, cofounder of the Tibetan Photo Project. Funding for public and educational programs has come from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation of New York and from Roseneath Funeral Home of Shreveport; additional funding for educational public programs and for the printing and design of informational and promotional materials has come from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, a State affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Meadows Museum of Art receives general operating support from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council with funds from the City of Shreveport. The Museum receives annual support from the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum. The Museum seeks and receives funding from public and private sources on a project-by-project basis.

This major exhibition will feature approximately 60 photographic images, Tibetan artifacts, guest lectures, cultural performances by Drepung monks. Twenty of recently discovered photos of Tibet in 1932 and over 40 contemporary images by Tibetans in exile will be on display.
MeadCentenary event
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Images from the Opening and Screening of "Voices in Exile" a work-in-progress

Date: Feb. 3, 2005-April 29, 2005, The Tibetan Photo Project exhibit opens in Los Angeles, at The Antioch University
Public opening reception Feb. 3rd at 5:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m., a slideshow-lecture presentation and lecture "China Rising" by Joe Mickey, photojournalist and cofounder of the Tibetan Photo Project
The opening of the Tibetan Photo Project in Los Angeles was a huge success. College students from Antioch and surrounding campuses, faculty, and even Hollywood directors turned out for the opening. Both founders; Joe Mickey and Sazzy Lee Varga where in attendance, and Joe gave a 1 1/2 hour slide show presentation along with Q and A. A wonderful Indian Buffet along with several choice wines where also enjoyed. antioch university
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Images from the Opening and slide-lecture "China Rising"

Date: April 27, 2005 6 and 8 p.m.-Redwood Coast Senior Center in Fort Bragg, CA.
Premiere of "Voices in Exile" a first cut work-in-progress. By Tibetan documentary filmmaker Tenzin Wangden Andrugtsang.
Q&A with the producer and co-founder of The Tibetan Photo Project Joe Mickey. This event was sponsored by the North Coast Photography Club. Sixty people from the community of 5,000 attended and the showing received a half page black and white article in the Fort Bragg Advocate News.

Date: Monday April 11, 2005 The Tibetan Photo Project at Remington College.
Slide show-lecture entitled: The Tibetan Photo Project with Sazzy Lee Varga, celebrity and cofounder of the - The Pacific Church-San Diego, CA -Lecture 8:30pm. See galley for images from the show.

Sunday, April 3-2005 The Tibetan Photo Project at The Meadows Museum at Centenary College. Slide show-lecture entitled: The Tibetan Photo Project with Joe Mickey, photojournalist and cofounder of the Tibetan Photo Project 2:00-3:00 p.m. See galley from images for the show.

Date: September 17, 2004 The Tibetan Photo Project / Gallery Display Antioch University Santa Barbara, CA . Slide show-lecture entitled: China Rising with Joe Mickey, photojournalist and cofounder of the Tibetan Photo Project. See galley for images from the show

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO The Tibetan Photo Project slide show-lecture presentation presented by Joe Mickey proves another success at telling the Tibetan's story with audiences and in the Colorado Springs print media. Thank you to all who attended and helped in making this these shows possible.

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In 2002 and spring 2003 we presented sold out slide show-lecture presentations at:

  • Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA
  • The Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino CA
  • The Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA
  • Mendocino College, Lakeport, Ca.
We also gave presentations at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, All Souls Unitarian Church in Colorado Springs, The Business Of Art Center in Manitou Springs, CO. and The Greenwood Community Church in Elk, CA.

"REWARDING" - Parade Magazine

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