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Dalai Lama and Tibetan Terrier

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Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Terrier ‘Senge’ 1969

The photograph was taken by John Faber of Mountain Lakes N.J. and appeared in the N.Y. Times. This photo was taken to accompany an article written by the Dalai Lama as an appeal to the governing forces of the Peoples Republic of China, asking for free and unrestricted access to Tibet.

The photographer during a photograph session with the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, indicated that quite unexpectedly the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Terrier ‘Senge’ escaped into the room.
“Sonam whispered that we must close the interview. ‘Where would you like to make your pictures, Mr. Faber?’ he inquired. I asked His Holiness to come into the sunlight where I made several photographs, and then shots of him in front of his cottage. I remembered the beautiful Tibetan prayer scrolls in the room of the interview and asked if he would mind going inside again. I placed him on the sofa with the scrolls directly above and behind him. The color of the scene was breathtaking. At an instant of the exposure a bundle of gray and white fury sped past me, coming to rest at His Holiness’s feet. ‘Singe, Singe’ the Dalai Lama softly called to the Tibetan Terrier. The burst of light from my flashbulbs, recorded the scene. ‘Please – just one picture,’ I asked changing flashbulbs. This time I quietly whistled. Singe quickly turned his shaggy head looking directly into the camera. The Picture was made.”

From Tibetan Terriers website

 

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Written by aterrier

June 2, 2008 at 10:35 am

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