Join us Saturday, June 17th at 4:00pm for a Discussion & Book Signing with photographer BARRY SHAFFER for his new book "Echoes of Bhutan".
Los Angeles-based photographer Barry Shaffer presents his first major fine-art publication, Echoes of Bhutan, produced in Verona, Italy, by EBS Editoriale Bortolazzi Stei, and designed by David Chickey. The images of this tiny Himalayan Kingdom span a period of over fifteen years, the last visit at the invitation of Bhutan’s government and travel industry. This is no ordinary place to photograph, it is an amply modern country, yet medieval with one foot still rooted in its past. It is a land of ancient monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and unforgettable beauty, where one cannot help but feel a lasting sense of peaceful tranquility. Sustainable socio-economic development, preservation and promotion of culture and tradition, and its natural environment are at the forefront of its government policy. Almost every decision is carefully weighed for the benefit of its people through it’s Gross National Happiness institutions, which gives Bhutan its uniqueness. The stunning photography is accompanied by written contributions from Dr. Robert Thurman; Bhutan’s Queen Mother; the 4th King; the current and Honorable Prime Minister; Costas Christ, an on-going editor at National Geographic; and Captions by Samten Wangchuk.
All proceeds from the sales of Echoes of Bhutan will benefit Bhutan’s Tarayana Foundation.
About Barry Shaffer:
Shaffer’s experiences have taught him that most people, whether they are anonymous individuals from the most remote corners of the globe or well- known Hollywood celebrities, share the same needs and have strikingly similar hopes, dreams, and desires. With his photography he hopes to convery this human universality and by making his professional skills available to non-profit institutions, he hopes to engender better understanding among people, and help those struggling for life’s basic needs. Barry Shaffer did his graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, and photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.