Matthieu Ricard


Matthieu's camera and his spiritual life are one, and from this spring these images, fleeting and eternal." Henri-Cartier BressonMatthieu Ricard was born in France in 1946. Since 1967, he lived in Himalayas to study Tibetan Buddhism and is the French interpreter of the Dalai Lama since 1989. He lives in Nepal at Shechen Monastery and devotes much of his time to the preservation of Tibetan cultural heritage. Matthieu Ricard has photographed the spiritual masters, landscapes, and people of the Himalayans over the last forty-five years and published several albums of photography including, in English, Journey to Enlightenment (Aperture, 1996 - The Spirit of Tibet in paperback, Aperture 2001), Buddhist Himalayas (Harry Abrams, 2002), Dancers Monks of Tibet (Shambhala, 2003), Tibet, an Inner Journey (Thames and Hudson, 2006), Motionless Journey (Thames and Hudson, 2007) and Bhutan, a Land of Peace (Thames and Hudson, 2008). His work have been exhibited in New York (Rubin Museum of Art, Aperture Gallery, Asia Society), Paris, Perpignan (Visa pour l’image), Winthertur, Stockholm and Hong Kong and reviewed in the New York Times and other magazines throughout the world.