Featured Photographer/June 2, 2009
Daniel Miller Documents Tibet's Last Nomads
concerns about climate change, global warming, melting glaciers, food
security, water, and loss of biodiversity all point to the significance
of the Tibetan rangelands. More attention must be paid to the people
that make a living on the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau-Tibetan nomads."
Daniel Miller grew up on a dairy farm in the United States and worked for
many years as a cowboy in the Western USA. Trained as a rangeland ecologist
and animal husbandry specialist, he has an affinity for people who make their
living taking care of animals. He has spent most of his adult life working
on agricultural development and biodiversity conservation projects with nomads
in the Himalaya, Tibetan Plateau, Mongolia and Central Asia and has used photography
to document his work and journeys.
"Flock of sheep, north of Rongmar, Tibetan Autonomous Region "by Daniel Miller.
Miller currently works for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in New Delhi, India. His work involves designing and managing agriculture, education and rural development projects for the 828 million Indians who still live on less than $2 a day and provides Miller the opportunity to travel in India and experience, first-hand, the socio-economic challenges facing the country. He has worked previously in Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet.
"Nomad woman and child, Nakchu, Tibetan Autonomous Region, 2000. "by Daniel Miller.
"I first went to the Tibetan Plateau in 1988, looking for sites to do research
on wild yaks and for the next fourteen years spent part of almost every year
in various parts of Tibet. My last trip to Tibet was in 2003 when I traveled
across the regions of Amdo and Kham, revisiting areas I had first seen fifteen
years earlier. I continue to be concerned about what is happening to Tibetan
nomads and through my photography and writing, hope to present Tibetan nomads
to a wider audience, establish more respect for them, their skills and their
relationship with the grasslands that sustain them. The photographs document
a way of life that is rapidly changing as previously remote nomadic areas face
the forces of modernization and economic development."
In August, 2009, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India will be hosting a photo exhibition of Miller's black and white photographs of the Himalayan and Tibetan Plateau titled, "A Sublime Realm: Himalayan and Tibetan Plateau Landscapes."
View all of Daniel Miller's Exhibits on SDN
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