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The Tibetan Photo Project- Founders News- 2004

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End 2004 - Beginning 2005 We would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement.

As we head into our fifth year we the first exhibit through Antioch in Santa Barbara will close on January 7,2005. Antioch will open an expanded exhibit in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2005.

In Shreveport, Louisiana: On Feb. 27, 2005, The Meadows Museum at Centenary College will open a major exhibit that will include a lecture series and cultural exhibitions by Tibetan monks from Drepung.

If all goes well, The Meadows will be able to sponsor Wangden into the US where he will put the final cut on his feature "Voices in Exile" which is being financed in association wit The Tibetan Photo Project

We continue to add to the list of publications that are able to tell some of Tibet's struggle with China by reporting on The Tibetan Photo Project. The combined circulation is approaching 22 million.

In the past years, there have been times when determination has been our only asset. To best illustrate the shoestring we work on, it was timely donations from Canada and Latvia of $100 each and a few donations of $10 here and $20 there that have occasionally kept the Website up and the lights on.

Thank you again for your visits and efforts of support. Please continue to tell your friends, gallery owners, museum directors, editors and media news directors to look in on The Tibetan Photo Project.

Visually and Respectfully, Joe Mickey and Sazzy Varga, Founders

November 2004
Earlier in 2004, we began the process of producing a film with Wangden.

On Nov.15, 2004, his first short arrived.

"Refugee: An Account" has been filmed in northern India as Wangden experiences the process of directing, filming and editing.

We will release and take orders for this beautiful 10 minute, 16 second short along with an exclusive collection of still images captured by Wangden during this monumental journey. See link here for future details and keep up with this film please write

Wangden and his Wife

October 2004 update:

Sazzy is on assignment. Be sure to scroll down the homepage and subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter for regular updates. By visiting the "Exhibits and Presentations" page you can keep up on the schedule for slide shows and lectures. Be sure to visit all the latest galleries and for updates on the first film produced by The Tibetan Photo Project, visit galleries 13 and 19 for these updates on Wangden's "Voices in Exile." Wangden has invited visitors to the site to submit for consideration any questions you would like answered in interviews with Tibetans that will appear in his film. Lobsang has provided photos to fill four new galleries; 20, 21, continued and 22. Keep updated on efforts for Tibet by clicking the menu at the left to the "Connect with Tibet" page. You can help by telling your friends about this Website and if you would like to donate, click the "Donate" button on the menu at the left for details. Thank you for visiting The Tibetan Photo Project. We welcome your comments. For immediate attention and information on photo and article use rights, please e-mail

Our monthly newsletter should have arrived to update you on all activities. If you have not received your newsletter or still need to join please click here!

May-July 2004

Updates SPECIAL ALERT---TAKE ACTION: Help release Tibetan Monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, sentenced to death without a fair trial by China. Take action at The International Campaign for Tibet at

CONTACT CONGRESS: We have added a Contact Congress link on our "Connect With Tibet" page. This is a chance to let your voice be heard. Also, on the political front, we continue to see several visitors a month logging on from China. We hope this is helping bring a human perspective to our visitors from China.

THE EXHIBITS: Shreveport, Louisiana: Meadows museum director Diane Dufilho has just informed us that the Museum has received a $19,567 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities grant that will insure the Feb. 27, 2005 opening of The Tibetan Photo Project.

The grant represents significant financial progress towards both the Museum and the 4-month show that will feature approximately 60 framed images, Tibetan artifacts, guests from India, cultural performances and presentations.

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS: The Meadows exhibit represents a significant financial undertaking. It will rely, in large part, on grants and individual donations. Supporters who have been waiting to make tax deductible donations can now send checks to the Meadows Museum of Art. Be sure to note on your check as sent for support of The Tibetan Photo Project exhibit at the Meadows Museum. Make checks payable and mail to: Meadows Museum of Art, Attn.: Neeta Kaji - 2911 Centenary Blvd. - Shreveport, LA 71104 U.S.A

Santa Barbara, California: Lynn Moss Holley has set September 17, 2004 as the opening date for the gallery presentation at the Santa Barbara Antioch College campus presentation. The premiere West Coast opening will feature a collection of B&W prints from 1932 and approximately 20 contemporary images created by Tibetans living in exile in India. The college will also host The Tibetan Photo Project slide show and lecture.

In late May, longtime friends of The Tibetan Photo Project, Earlene and Yuwach Gleisner, arranged for a rural slide show presentation in Laytonville, California. The show resulted in full-page-three-photo coverage in The Willits News. This is the third major feature by The Willits News, including a Page 1 above-the-fold story.

Thank you to all who are introducing the project to museum and gallery owners in your areas. The Tibetan Photo Project could not have the continued success without your efforts.

IN PRINT: The combined print circulation is now over 20 million for publications that have covered the Tibetan Photo project and tell some part of Tibet's story.

A six-page feature on The Tibetan Photo Project appears in the spring issue of "LIGHT OF CONSCIOUSNESS." Information on the magazine can be found at .

The article inspired Brian Frisina to contact us to help him create a display that was included in the MAY ASIA/PACIFIC MONTH exhibit at the Office of the Secretary of State Labor and Industries Library Services in Tumwater, WA.

Losel Maitri Tibetan Buddhist Center in Birmingham, Alabama included the project in their Winter/Spring Newsletter (

For their April-June issue, and in honor of the Dalai Lama's April visit to Canada, Peace Magazine out of Toronto used a cover photo of His Holiness from The Tibetan Photo Project for their feature article "Buddhist Peacemakers," by editor Metta Spencer. They also featured a photo by Project contributor Tenzin Wangden Andrugtsang on the back cover. Visit at

Ascent Magazine released their summer issue with The Tibetan Photo Project featured on a full page next to the inside back cover on the regular Epilogue page. For information on Ascent on the Web, visit

The latest issue of Mandala Magazine to catch a photo from The Tibetan Photo Project that illustrates the art of debating.

ON THE WEB: JOHN KITRIDGE helped Joe navigate BBCi on the Web. Kitridge also produces "h2g2 Friends of Tibet" at

John and his wife enjoyed The Dalai Lama's teachings during his April visit to Canada. They donated $100 to the project. Steven Niven at Getsul has added an interview with our longtime friend and Tibetan photographer and now film maker, Wangden. The interview can be found at

The Tibetan Photo Project continues to get help with links across the Web. We try to keep an update on our media coverage page. We would like to highlight the help given to The Tibetan Photo Project in June by the Mahatma Ghandi Canadian Foundation for World Peace. Visit at

On a personal note from Joe, Sazzy has been traveling for several job assignments. This Website does not exist without her. Welcome back.

March and April 2004

(Sazzy will be traveling until the end of May. Our next website update will appear in May 2004)

Financial update: Once again, we would like to thank everyone for the help they have been giving while we set up and adjust to a full time effort for the Tibetan Photo Project. We still need help in this transition. We are not yet a non-profit and donations are not tax deductible at this time.

In February, total donations towards our goal of $1500, to get us through spring, jumped to $369 with a $100 donation from Janis Dambitis in Latvia.

To donate online visit

In this update, we want to offer a collection of brief insights into the activities of the Tibetan Photo Project.

On Jan. 27, an article from the Washington Post made it our way: "Granted Asylum, Nun Held in Va. Jail Tibetan Entangled in Post-9/11 Caution" By David Cho, Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, January 27, 2004; Page A01

For our part, we sent out over 1,000 individual e-mails on Jan. 27 and provided a link to the article.

On Feb. 2, the Washington Post carried the following story: "'This Is the First Time I Saw the American Sky' Tibetan Nun Freed Pending Appeal" By Carol Morello, Washington Post Staff Writer, Tuesday, February 3, 2004; Page B01

A separate article appeared on Feb. 2 "Sonam set free" From Jeff Wilson, Chapel Hill, NC (USA), Edited and Published on The Buddhist News Network, Feb. 2, 2004;

Sonam still faces another hearing so please keep up efforts to help with this case.

On another matter, we would like to make you aware of the show being produced by the Bowers Museum in Southern California. "Tibet, Treasures From the Roof of the World" is making a big splash but unfortunately and based on reviews this show appears to be a sad presentation of Tibet's history presented in the official version of the Chinese government.

We recommend this article from the Christian Science Monitor: "When Art and Politics Collide Exhibition brings Tibetan trove to US for the first time. Just don't ask to see a photo of the Dalai Lama." By Gloria Goodale, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor Read at

A second article from the Orange County Register, Jan. 8, 2004, " 'Long arm' of Beijing suspected at Bowers // Local Tibetans say a museum exhibit omits recent history to appease China" By Richard Chang, is available at the Register's Website

From these articles, the show at the Bowers appears to be another example of China's ability to rewrite history by hijacking the truth in exchange for doing business with China. This exhibit is scheduled to travel to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, The Museum of Natural Science in Houston and The Rubin Museum of Art in New York

It is very important that the complete history of Tibet become a part of this show. We encourage sending letters to the museum directors and the media where this show will travel.

On the Radio In February, Tibetan Project Co-founder Joe Mickey was interviewed by Monique Fuller for The Special Blend morning radio show on in Ottawa, Canada. The broadcast can be heard at where it can be picked up for broadcast. Please notify public and talk radio in your area of this free programming opportunity.

Meadows Museum Update Plans for the 2005 opening of the Tibetan Photo Project at the Meadows Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana continue to move forward. The Show will be featured on the cover of the museum's 2004-2005 brochure and cultural events and artifacts are being negotiated for the opening. The tentative opening date is Feb. 2005 and the show will run through May, 2005.

In Print and on the Web We continue to make contacts and links on the Net. We are proud to note a significant percentage of regular visitors are coming from inside China.

In print, we fill a regular collection of requests from publishers at a growing rate. International requests are also increasing and we hope to report soon on more publications in European press.

In March, the Tibetan story will be told to 20,000 readers through a report and pictorial on the project in the spring issue of Light and Consciousness. The December version of the Colorado College Alumni magazine went out to 30,000 readers. The Bulletin, can now be found on the Web at

In Southern California, Editor Norman Shoaf of the Antelope Valley Press continues to be very generous with his ink and space and provided his 40,000-plus readers with a Feb. 7, update to a full page color feature he wrote in August.

As we reported last month, the combined circulation of the print media that has told some portion of the Tibetan story through the project is reaching 20 million.

Again, we appreciate any financial support you can offer to help us cover the costs of discs and mailings.

Slide Shows and Lectures While our slide show and lecture program is on hold until our financial situation improves, Katherine Sargent has been making contacts and introductions into possible venues in Atlanta, Georgia and we will be giving presentations at the Meadows opening.

New at the Tibetan Photo Project Website Our good friend Wangden has added two remarkable portraits in Gallery No. 9. With the help of Tanya Kobilyatskiy of Denver, we have also added a 10th gallery. Kobilyatskiy hand-carried six cameras donated by Kodak CEO Daniel Carp to McLeod Ganj. We are just beginning to post the results and the story. We have also added a "Witness" page that will be dedicated accounts from visitors to Tibet. We are changing names dates and locations for the protection of the travelers, Tibetans and Chinese whose experiences are revealed.

February 2004

Beginning in January we began an effort to raise some money to allow us to continue a full time effort for the Tibetan Photo Project. We hoped to raise $1,500 to allow us to keep up our momentum until spring when other funding is expected to arrive.

Thanks for the help so far! So far the response has been a generous $269. We thank those who made contributions and we know we can reach our goal that will allow us to keep moving forward if everyone on the newsletter mailing list would respond with between $2 and $10. For less then coffee costs at Starbucks, you can make a difference! But this only works if everyone responds.

To show our gratitude for your support, we will send a special thank you of a 5x7 print for your $10 donations, a 8x10 print for your $20 donation, the exclusive "Edge of Extinction" journal for $50.00 donations and a T-shirt with the "Edge of Extinction" print for a $100 donation.

We regret that we have to keep the begging bowl out. We are putting a full time-plus effort into creating a voice from the Tibetan people through the Tibetan Photo Project, and appreciate any help you can give.

If you have any questions, e-mail tibetanphoto@gmail.comThe goal of the Tibetan Photo Project is to create a voice from Tibetans. We have reached almost 20 million in print! Since the monks we work with at Drepung and the other Tibetans who have contributed photographs are sharing, documenting and preserving their lives, traditions and culture for the first time on film, their efforts have caught the media's attention in a very big way

Since the first article appeared in print in 2001, the wide variety of print media (magazines, newspapers and newsletters) that has told some portion of the Tibetan story via coverage of the Tibetan Photo Project is approaching a combined circulation total of 20 million.

A large portion of this coverage has been generated by 30 slide show and lecture presentations we have given in California and Colorado. Unfortunately, the spring schedule of these shows is on hold until finances improve.

As 2004 opens, six publications have added coverage of the Tibetan Photo Project to their print schedule. To help you review and follow the media coverage, we have added a new media page. Joe was interviewed for the Special Blend morning radio show in Ottawa, Canada and that interview is expected to be broadcast in either the last week in January or in the first two weeks in February. For audio and schedule information,

Meadows Museum Update
The development of a museum gallery quality show of the Tibetan Photo Project by the Meadows Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana will create a very important vehicle for the telling the story of Tibetans living in exile. Opening is scheduled for spring or fall of 2005. Director Diane Dufilho is establishing contacts with organizations that will contribute Tibetan art and artifacts to the opening. Inquires are already coming in that will make this a traveling exhibit. We will give you the details as they are firmly established, but, you can make your travel plans now to be in Louisiana in 2005 for this important event.

Simple Ways You Can Help
Send us any leads you have on media, editors or reporters that you think might like to receive a press kit CD for the Tibetan Photo Project. Add http://www.tibetanphotoproject .com to the signature on all your e-mail's.

Or link the Tibetan Photo Project to your Website.

With some volunteer hours at her computer, Sheri Morse has taken on a concentrated Internet effort to introduce and link the project in to Website's based in Australia and the South Pacific. We would be happy to show you what you can do in other regions to help grow media coverage and establish links to the Tibetan Photo Project. It was Sheri's efforts that opened the doors to a 6-show circuit for slide show and lecture presentations in Colorado Springs. Volunteer interpreters in all languages are also needed for our efforts to expand outreach to non-English newspapers, magazines and Websites.

Talk to museum directors and galleries in your area about the Meadows Museum exhibit in 2005. Awareness will lead to future shows. Direct all questions to Talk to schools and organizations in your area about sponsoring a presentation of the Tibetan Photo Project slide show and lecture.

Just in: On Jan. 26, thanks to the efforts of Tanya Kobilyatskiy, 6 rolls of undeveloped film taken by a new collection of Tibetan photographers arrived at the Tibetan Photo Project mail box. These will be a very important addition to the presentation of the Tibetan perspective on their lives in exile. Processing this will run approximately $60. This is another example of the growing momentum for the project and the costs we need to cover with your help.

January 2004

We need your help

With the expanded recognition of the project, the demands on our time are increasing and while we have been able to fund this on a shoestring budget we have been financing, we can really use some help. See our "Donate" page or drop us an e-mail
or just mail any contributions to:

We don't need alot and we have gone to our personal limits before asking, but we need help to keep this up and running. We are not looking to go overboard and as soon as it is possibly, we will let you know and put a hold on asking for money as this is not the main goal of the Tibetan Photo Project. We are asking because we need it to get through the next few months. If you have questions, drop us an e-mail at

As an early goal for the project, we looked to find the funding that would help create a traveling museum quality show of prints from the Tibetan Photo Project. This creates another avenue for wider media coverage to tell the Tibetan story. After an exchange of introductory e-mail, we were notified on Dec 3, that The Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College of Louisiana will undertake producing prints for a show that the museum will open in either the spring or fall session in 2005. We are thrilled to have this commitment. Talks are also in the works for shows in Chicago, and San Diego.

We wrapped up 2003 with December Tibetan Photo Project slide show presentations in Mendocino and Elk California. While turnouts were slim over the Christmas season, The Project was given generous amounts of press by the Fort Bragg Advocate and The Mendocino Beacon. The project continues to be a vehicle for telling the Tibetans story. As we write this update we are awaiting our file copies of Colorado College's Alumni magazine. It will feature information on Tibet's situation via the story of the project and is making its way to 30,000 readers. Other publications have put the project on their publication schedule for 2004.

We finished the year with several new links across the Internet from a wide variety of supporters. The project continues to be a reference source for educational institutions. Highlights include being linked by Harvard Asia studies Center for the Dalai Lama's Sept. presentation, University of Virginia resource Library and African and Asia Studies Center at the University of London.

We wish you all a wonderful New Year, and thank you for being and continuing to be a part of The Tibetan Photo Project.


China is growing in influence on the world stage. For several years it has been increasing its military spending at a rate that is over twice the growth rate of its economy. The next leader in China is likely to be Hu Jintao. His political rise, is due in large part to his implementing and maintaining of a brutal hard-line policy during his term overseeing China's control of Tibet.

There are many wonderful works that look at Tibet from the outside. The Tibetan Photo Project is designed to provide a voice to the Tibetans by exhibiting their views through their own works of photography. Their vantage point on China and their experiences in Tibet and in exile are extremely relevant to anyone trying to understand the geopolitical, military and economic designs of China in the future. The intent is to provide a view through the eyes of the Tibetan community, create a vehicle that provides an elementary introduction and links you to further study and understanding while giving a personal voice to the Tibetans that participate in this project. Because of its unique perspective, the project which began in 2000, is also catching the eye of the art world with write ups by art columnist Kenneth Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle (Feb. 5, 2002), the June 2002 edition of Art & Antiques Magazine and the Santa Barbara art and culture magazine, Head.

Please feel free to contact us about a slide show presentation and gallery exhibitions and prints. Thank you for stopping by the Tibetan Photo Project. We hope you will return often, tell your friends and please be sure to explore the links.

The needs of the project are outlined at and Help Photo Project

Visually Yours,

Joe Mickey & Sazzy Lee Varga

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