SOAS University of London

Tibetan Studies at SOAS

Images of Tibet: Two presentations by photographers of contemporary Tibet

Ryan Pyle and Dianne Aigaki

Date: 23 February 2011Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 23 February 2011Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: L67

Type of Event: Film

At this event two leading photographers of contemporary Tibet present their work. 

  • Ryan Pyle 'Development & Change in China's Tibet'
    While the streets of Beijing and Shanghai are lined with new expressways and shiny high-res buildings, few would expect these same scenes in Tibet; but that's exactly the way Lhasa is developing. Make no mistake about it, development on the high-plateau is happening at a rapid rate.
  • Dianne Aigaki, 'Dream of the Turquoise Bee: Cultural Diplomacy in Tibet' 
    Travel with Ms. Aigaki into Eastern Tibet. Her photos give a window into the realities of 21st century Tibet—its incredible beauty and the dilemma of a society experiencing cultural marginalisation for more than 60 years. In addition Ms Aigaki shows how her botanical illustration project of flora growing at 11,000-18,000 feet altitude and her eco-tourism partnership with villagers and nomads (Dream of the Turquoise Bee Tours) weave into the lives of local Tibetans.  

Ryan Pyle is a Canadian born documentary photographer who has been based in Shanghai, China since 2001. Ryan is an award winning photographer whose work has appeared in the Sunday Times Magazine, FT Weekend Magazine as well as TIME, Newsweek, Fortune and Forbes. He is a member of the Asian Institute, a think tank at the Munk Center at the University of Toronto, and has lectured at the Weatherhead Asian Institute at Columbia University.

Dianne Aigaki is a member of the Society of Women Geographers (premier group of women explorers in the world) and WINGS WorldQuest and carried their explorer’s flag into Tibet in 2006. She has exhibited at London’s Royal Horticultural Society, the Minnesota Arboretum and the International Conference of Botanical Illustrators in Thailand.  She speaks worldwide on Women Explorers, Cultural Diplomacy in Tibet, and Botanical Illustration as a Vehicle for Cultural Diplomacy. 

Organiser: Dr Nathan W. Hill

Sponsor: SOAS Tibet Society