Free Spirit Festival Free Spirit Festival - celebration of Tibetan art and culture, especially reflecting contemporary life.

History 2001 Lobsang Wangyal

Lobsang was born on 27 May, 1970 (in documents 25 May), in a small village in Orissa in India. At age seven he went to the Central School for Tibetans in Mussoorie. Did BA from the Government College for Men in Shimla. Did a crash course in journalism while in college, and took photography out of interest in coordination with journalism. After college, came to Dharamshala in 1994, and since then has been working as a freelance photojournalist. Works published in different magazines and exhibited photographs in several venues, including "Voice Off" in Arles, France, and in Bombay in India.

I see photography not only as an art, but also an effective weapon. It is a weapon to fight for my rights and bring justice to our people.

Through my photography I document events, especially those happenings with the Tibetans in Dharamshala, the temporary seat of Tibetan government-in-exile. As is true with some of the photojournalists, it is just to survive from this profession. Yet my commitment and my aspiration gives me the power to somehow move forward and continue with it.

In the Free Spirit Festival I am presenting eight photographs. These photos are my attempt to show the aspirations of the Tibetan people.

Lobsang Wangyal has more of his photography at LobsangWangyal.com