Bhutan Photography by Matt Richter

Matt Richter, a photographer and alumnus of the first SFS Bhutan program in the summer of 2010, returned to the Himalayas this summer as an SFS Intern, an experience that allowed him "to delve deeper, learning more about the unique culture and complex issues that Bhutan is currently facing. As a photographer, I've been able to get closer and make more intimate images with a greater understanding of what I am capturing." 

Here are his striking images.

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Masked dancers at a religious festival at Kurjey Lhakhang, Bumthang.

 


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A city bus in Thimphu.

 

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Mannequins outside a textile shop in Thimphu.

 

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SFS Bhutan '11 students Sophia Schuster and Liz Kreitinger work on their research papers in the courtyard of Lamey Goenpa, a former palace and monastery of King Ugyen Wangchuk, built in the 1800s.  The facility is now used as an international research and training center, focusing on environment and conservation, called the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE). 

 

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Student Affairs Manager MK Long with a young boy, Nima, on the UWICE campus.

 

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Monks on the road into town below the Jakar Dzong, Bumthang.

 

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School girls at the Wangduecholing School in Bumthang.

 

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Horses in Chhume, Bumthang.

  

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Student Affairs Manager MK Long hanging out in a tree during a hike to the Tiger's Nest monastery in Paro.

 


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A monk at Kurjey Lhakhang during a religious festival.

 

 

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Prayer flags flutter in the wind below the Jakar Dzong. The SFS field center at Lamey Goenpa is situated high on a hillside above the dzong.

 

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Liz Kreitinger presents her research on the impacts of microhydropower projects in the Ura Valley during a symposium at the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment.
 

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Young monks at a religious festival at Nimalung Lhakhang, Chumey.

 

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Bryce Rosenbower interviews Lam Jamtsho, a lay monk, about the relationship between Buddhism and environment in the Ura valley.

 

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SFS students spending time with local students at the Wangdicholing Primary School in Jakar.

 

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Andrea White with some new friends at the Wangdicholing Primary School in Jakar.