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Firsthand accounts and spectacular photographs combine to form a fascinating portrait of the endangered Tibetan people, their plateau, and their cultural landscape. Known as the “water tower of Asia,” the Tibetan Plateau is heating up twice as fast as the global average. These rapidly melting glaciers-along with recent unprecedented development on the plateau-are quickly changing the lives of the deeply devotional nomads, monks, and farmers who have lived in this area for centuries.
Photographer Phil Borges uses individual stories and portraits to illustrate how dramatic development, climate change, and the deep devotion of the Tibetan people are interacting to transform Tibetan culture. The portraits of the land and the people bring a powerful visual component as the reader meets and learns about Tibet firsthand through these storytellers.
“Phil Borges’ images are some of the finest portraits I have ever seen, and like those of Edward C. Curtis, they are also precious, documenting a vanishing way of life. Look, care and be reassured by the beauty of the human spirit.” - Ann Curry, NBC News
“Phil Borges has always had a gracious and elegant touch with the people he photographs. In Tibet, Phil brings us into close communion with those who live on the rugged high altitude plateau north of the Himalaya. We see their strength, we see their dignity–and we see their frailty in the face of a changing environment. This book provides a valuable window into a world we would otherwise never see.” - James Balog, Extreme Ice Survey