Beautiful photos of a frightening reality
Capturing the Accelerating Change in Tibet
The Dutch photographer Marieke ten Wolde has made frequent trips to Tibet, in search not of vistas and costumes but of a society that is changing so fast she has had to consult her diary to remember if she had been there or not: Beijing has flooded the country with checkpoints and paramilitary police, while Communist Party leaders introduced a “monastic management” plan to exert more direct control over religious life. The measures included sending 21,000 officials to create dossiers on monks, who would then be either rewarded for cooperating or expelled from their monasteries if they did not. In some cases, they were urged to renounce the Dalai Lama.