I was honoured that His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized what I was doing.
"I believe we still have grounds for hope. I see it in the photographs that Shane Marden has taken in Tibet. For the children of my homeland that we can see here still have the joy and innocence that I remember from my own childhood. Likewise, these photographs of Tibet its marvelous landscape show that with its soaring peaks, rolling plains, vast skies and the immense empty spaces that fostered our unique sense of freedom, the land of Tibet continues to survive."
This is from the foreword he wrote for my book.
Child of Tibet - a lost innocence combines beautiful images and design, anecdotal stories, a brief history of the nation and a foreword by the Dalai Lama.
It took a few years to publish it but I think it was worth it. From the sales I will donate funds to the Australian Tibet Council.
*********CHILD OF TIBET HAS BEEN SOLD OUT. THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT**********
Friends described my book as a "... beautifully presented photographic journey through Tibet"
"... a masterfully photographed labour of love"
"... a delightful photography book about the beauty of Tibet and its people."
Obviously, it's great to hear such comments. But don't get me wrong, I didn't create this book for the sake of adding one more publication to the ever growing pile of coffee table books.
When I made Child of Tibet - a lost innocence I wanted to convey the hope that still remains for Tibet, the beauty of the culture and the natural wonder of the land.
Want to know more?
Listen below to a radio interview from August 2009 on 774 ABC Melbourne
"Thank you for your book. it is beautifully produced and the pictures are stunning. It is a fascinating insight into Tibet."
--- John McCarthy
"Thank you very much for your beautiful book. My wife runs a guest house here in Dharamsala, and we have a small library for guests with books mainly on Tibet and the Tibetan people. It will take pride of place here for our guests."
--- Tenzin Geyche Tethong
"Just to let you know that we have received our copy of Child of Tibet. It was worth waiting for, thank you!! Congratulations to you and your team for such a wonderful book."
--- Di Trethewie
"Child of Tibet is a truly exceptional work of art."
--- Andy Gowers
"Thank you very much for the beautiful picture book. I was delighted to see two pictures of my home town 'Tingri' in it. I don't remember much as I left it when I was very young but my sister has a clearer recollection of the place and she described the location to me. She is extremely happy to see the pictures which brought back many memories to her."
--- Dorjee Dolma
"The best coffee table book I have ever seen."
--- Marc de Jong