Photos by Yamashita ’71 capture disappearing Tibetan life, culture

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[Michael Yamashita ’71]In his new book, Shangri-La, photographer Michael Yamashita ’71 chronicles the historic 1,440 mile Tea Horse Road from western China to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

“Michael Yamashita was the first western photographer to reach the mouth of the Mekong River in Vietnam.

“And as a longtime photographer for National Geographic, Yamashita chronicled the beauty and mystery of the ancient path of Marco Polo, as he personally traveled by camel and foot across scalding deserts and over high mountains, proving that the Italian explorer really did open the world to China.

“And now, the Chester Place resident has created a legacy of the photographic paradise that is the land of Tibet, with scenes no westerner has ever seen.

“Yamashita’s latest book is ‘SHANGRI-LA (along the tea road to Lhasa).’ The 275 page, coffee table size book includes more than 500 photos. It is the culmination of five years of work and is Yamashita’s latest effort to preserve a culture that may be all but gone in the next decade, either because of modernization or because of the pervasive Chinese influence, more often than not, at the end of a rifle.”

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