Testimony of fifty years of a life dedicated to spirituality and spent in the heart of the Himalayas, Matthieu Ricard’s photographs, taken between 1983 and 2017, are presented in an original setting by CONTEMPLATION. In black and white and very large format, printed on Japanese handmade and made to measure paper, each print comes along with a quote, chosen and handwritten by Matthieu Ricard, inviting us to a journey towards spirituality and reflection. From Nepal to India, from Argentina to Tibet or from Chile to Bhutan, the light emerges from the immensity and plenitude of the landscapes, immersing the visitors in a contemplative and meditative atmosphere.
“A photographer can endeavor to evoke the inner beauty of a spiritual teacher who radiates kindness, of a child whose eyes brim with innocence, or of a smiling, toothless old man. He can share the wonder that he experienced when he found himself before a stunning landscape, a magical light, a moment that delighted his mind. Suddenly, the world that is displayed before his eyes, and his inner state, are in harmony.
This is what I’ve been humbly attempting to capture with my camera over the last fifty years. Any medium of expression has its limits, but when we use it wholeheartedly and enthusiastically, we ultimately find the way to share what is most important to us. In my case, what matters most is to restore hope concerning our human nature, to prompt us to take care of our exceedingly fragile environment, and to encourage us to transform ourselves so that we can better transform the world. We must dare open ourselves to others, to the vast interdependence of all beings and of nature, and we must take to heart the fate of future generations and of all other species, who strive to avoid suffering and live their lives out to their natural end just as we do.”
— Matthieu Ricard
Born 1946, Aix-les-Bains, France.
Lives and works in Nepal.
Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, scientist, author, and translator but also a photographer. For more than 40 years, he has devoted his life to the study and practice of Buddhism with the greatest spiritual masters from Tibet, in the heart of those Himalayas he constantly photographs.