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'Pilgrim' photographic book by Richard Gere.

Actor Richard Gere is best known for his roles in over 40 films, but few may be aware he is also an avid photographer and collector. Taking pictures on his many trips to India was always more of a personal project, until photography book and exhibition designer Elizabeth Avedon happened to notice a 3-foot stack of beautiful 8x10 photos in his loft. 

“A lot of these photographs I didn’t show anyone because it was such a private experience for me,” Gere recalls. “I had no interest in sharing them.” Fortunately, Avedon was able to convince him they needed to be seen, and these and other photos have been exhibited around the world and published in his book, Pilgrim.

A supporter of human rights in Tibet, Richard Gere is co-founder of Tibet House, creator of the Gere Foundation and chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Campaign for Tibet. The photo album "Zanskar" takes insipration from these commitments.

“In the decades that followed the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949, the Chinese forced a systematic policy of genocide on the Tibetan people, causing 1.2 million deaths and an almost total dismantling of the Tibetan culture. Religion was outlawed, children were taken away, and everything sacred to the Tibetans was defiled,” Gere says. “I think it is impossible to look at these photographs and not realize the extraordinary suffering of the Tibetan people.”

Print number 113 / 500
Pages: 143
Hand signed by Richard Gere

The auction winner will also receive the DVD of the famous film 'Pretty Woman' signed on the inside by the actor.

 

 

 

 

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