Wandering Cloud Over Tibet, Photos by Palden Gyal


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Palden Gyal left home in 1988 to begin his university studies in England. An award-winning journalist, Gyal is also an acclaimed photographer. Radio Free Asia and the Asia Society Washington Center are proud to present this stunning series of photographs taken in 2006, in which he documents his return after 18 years to Tibetan regions of China.

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Now a senior editor with Radio Free Asia’s Tibetan service in Washington, DC, Gyal has also worked at the Tibetan Information Network and on the Great Tibetan-English Dictionary Project at SOAS in London. He is also a founder of the Tibet Times newspaper, the most widely circulated newspaper among overseas Tibetans. In 2001, Gyal was honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for excellence in broadcasting. Gyal’s photos include breathtaking, timeless landscapes as well as intimate portraits of ordinary Tibetans of all ages as they live now. His work presents Tibetan life through the eyes of a native son, seen afresh after 18 years abroad. A series of slideshows of his work can be seen at https://www.rfa.org/english/multimedia/

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Exhibit and reception at Radio Free Asia 2025 M Street, NW, Washington, DC Thursday, February 22, 5-8 p.m. RSVP 202 721 7416 or rsvp@rfa.org

Exhibit and reception at the Sharon Fine Gallery 5504 Cornish Road, Bethesda, MD February 24 , 5-8 p.m. RSVP 301 913 0082 or sharon@sharonfinegallery.com

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For more information, or to arrange an interview with the photographer, please contact Sarah Jackson-Han at Radio Free Asia, 202 530 7774 or jacksonhans@rfa.org


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