April 22, 2023 2:00pm

Earth Day: A Workshop on High-Altitude Photography | Preserving Cultural Heritage Sites

Peter Van Ham



Saturday, April 22

2-4pm ET

$10, $20, $50 | In-Person

On this Earth Day, join us in raising awareness of the need to deepen our knowledge about the risks of climate change and increase appreciation of “our only home,” as His Holiness the Dalai Lama has often said. Peter Van Ham, the curator of the present Tibet House exhibition, “ALCHI – Visions of Enlightenment”, will lead a discussion about the challenges of high-altitude documentation and photography, focusing on his numerous trips to remote temple complexes in the Himalayas. Underscored by the historical record that these temples provide,Ā  Peter will illuminate the importance of documenting these sites and of increasing awareness of the urgency of preserving our universally shared world cultural heritage. Demonstrating how advanced digital technology helped to illuminate details of the temple complex hidden from the naked eye, Van Ham and representatives from Phase One will provide an opportunity to experiment with the high-end camera equipment he used.

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As a researcher, author, photographer, and exhibition curator, Peter has traveled the world for forty years, focusing on Asia, India, the Himalayas, and the Tibetan Cultural Region. With fifteen international book publications, ten international exhibitions, and five TV documentaries, his research has been monumental in bringing fieldwork in formerly inaccessible areas to the forefront. An avid explorer, supported by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Archaeological Survey of India and UNESCO, he has been inducted into the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society, London, and the Explorers Club of New York. For twenty years he has been the Chairman of the Society for the Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Asia (SPAH e.V.), for which he continues to realize numerous international nonprofit projects.  

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