16th Aug 2018
Steve McCurry first visited Tibet in May 1989 and made eight trips over the following two decades, resultantly publishing a book, The Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage. The religious rituals and traditional dress of the country fascinated him. He has said: “there is something deeply appealing about Buddhist countries. I am endlessly intrigued by the way the monks live and by the way Buddhist philosophy emphasises compassion, as well as by the iconography. The ethics and the aesthetics of Buddhism are melded in a unique way.” McCurry’s photographs from Tibet are full of exuberant outfits and local customs. Prayer flags designate places of spiritual significance. Local belief states that the blessings on the flags are carried by the wind across the country.