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Ryan Gauvin April 7, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Tibet.

Tibetan youth in Lhasa, 2008

Ryan Gauvin (b. 1983, Canada) is a documentary photographer based in Vancouver.  He holds a BA in Geography from Simon Fraser University, and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.  Ryan also attended the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2009.  In the past he has partnered with the International Campaign for Tibet, and his work has been published internationally.  Ryan was recently recognized at the 2009 New York Photo Awards and 2009 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris for his work in Tibet.  He has also completed projects on golf course greens keepers in Canada and is currently in the research stage of a documentary photography project on the use of depleted uranium warheads in the Balkans. Ryan shoots with Kodak Tri-X film for all of his personal work

About the Photograph:

“This photo was taken in a common room adjoining a pool hall on the outskirts of Lhasa in November 2008.  China’s PLA soldiers in riot gear were constantly pacing up and down the alley just outside, the remnants of the popular uprising and subsequent crackdown earlier in the year.  In general, the Tibetans I met in Lhasa didn’t want to speak about these troubled times for fear of being overheard.  Only here, in the perceived safety of this small room did conversation begin to open up: about the discontent, the uprising, the unemployment, living under Chinese occupation, escaping to India, and any other number of things that were not to be spoken about in public.  Even after I returned home and began seeking publication for my work, most people were less interested in these stories of Tibetan reality than with stereotypical photographs of monks and mountains.”

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