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Book Signing of fine-art photography book – “Echoes of Bhutan”
The event will be centered around a photography exhibition and release of a fine-art photography book, “Echoes of Bhutan”, produced in Verona, Italy, by EBS Editoriale Bortolazzi Stei, and designed by David Chickey. The entire book project is 100% altruistic. The photographs are from photographer Barry Shaffer’s collection of visits to Bhutan during the years 2001, 2014 & 2015. Shaffer’s visits to Bhutan were as a private citizen, and as an engaged photographer for the Tribal Trust Foundation and later at the invitation of Bhutan’s government and travel Industry. The book has been invited to have it’s Asian release at the “Mountain Echoes International Literary Festival in Thimpu, Bhutan in August 2017. It will also be part of the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado during May 2017, and scheduled in June for book signings at Los Angeles’ Arcana and Hennessy+ Ingalls book stores and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. An unconfirmed signing in San Francisco is in the planning stages. The Shaffer’s are grateful to Dr. Robert Thurman for writing the book’s most beautiful Forward.
BARBARA SHAFFER’S initial introduction to Bhutan was during a lecture given
by Robert Thurman at the 2000 Telluride Mountain Film Festival. Descriptions of
a remote Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas, conveyed in terms of the Land of the
Thunder Dragon and the last Shangri-La, were enough of an impetus for her first
visit. Traveling to Bhutan’s sacred valleys the following year has remained one of the
most unique experiences of her lifetime.
She is a graduate of UCLA and Antioch University. She practiced as a Marriage and
Family Therapist for twenty years in Los Angeles prior to co-producing photography
projects with her husband Barry.
All Proceeds of the evening will be donated to The Tibet House US.
Friday, October 20; 7-9PM
About the Photographer:
For nearly forty-years, Barry Shaffer has been a dentist, an educator, an international and community volunteer, a parent and a photographer. His experiences in all of these areas 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 strives to convey this human universality. By making his photographs and professional skills available to nonprofit organizations, he hopes to engender better understanding among people, help those struggling for life’s basic needs and do his small part to create a better planet.Barry received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California, completing his studies in 1974. After an educational hiatus of many years, he was fortunate enough to be able to pursue his lifelong passion, and in 2003 he enrolled in the professional photography program at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Over the next three years, he had the privilege of studying with some of the finest photographers in the world.Since then, his photography has taken him deep into the multi-racial and ethnic neighborhoods that make up the diverse city of Los Angeles, as well as to distant points around the globe. Barry continues to meet and photograph extraordinary people and some of the world’s most exquisite landscapes all for the benefit of social and environmental causes. His work has been exhibited at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, American Film Institute, Raleigh Studios, The Bridge Gallery in Los Angeles City Hall, dnj Gallery, Artcore’s Brewery annex, and was the sole recipient of Los Angeles Artcore’s Curator’s Pick of the Year Award for Quiet Heroes ~ Over 80, as well as a grantee from Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation of Los Angeles, The Tribal Trust Foundation, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, the Nepal Mission to the United Nations, and many more.