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Viviane Dalles November 14, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in India.
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Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India 2007

French photographer Viviane Dalles graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie  in 2002. She traveled to Mali to work for the African Photography festival in Bamako. Back in France she refined her approach to photography while working at the Foundation HCB in Paris where she set up the print archive of Henri Cartier-Bresson since 1920. Then she was hired by the Magnum photo agency where she worked on editing the photographer’s archives. Since 2005, she works has worked a photographer and  is based in New Delhi. Her publication credits include: Le Figaro, Paris-Match, The Guardian, Marie Claire and Le Monde.

About the Photograph:

“I made this photo of Dawa, 32 who arrived five months before to rejoin her husband who is studying in India. The Tibetan center welcomes the refugees for a period of about six months. They then have to find a place to live and work. The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso was forced to flee the Chinese army in 1959,. More than 150,000 Tibetans have crossed the Himalayas to settle in Dharamsala India. Every year more than over thousand Tibetans cross over the Himalayas illegally.”


1. Lee - November 16, 2008

i think that this image represents realities that most people are faced with… Poverty and fleeing from war and terror… People who take a look at this image should stop their luxurious lives for one moment and say thank to God for everything his given us, because a lot of people don’t really realise how lucky they are…

2. David B - November 17, 2008

Your photograph doesn’t need words. The young woman has all her worldly possessions behind her as you young child sleeps. I don’t see despair in her face I see relief and hope for the future. Fantastic photo. I love all your work.

3. Viviane Dalles - December 8, 2008

Thank you both for your comment. Regards, Viviane Dalles

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