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A Photobook about one of the most fascinating places on earth -     the sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet.
A Photobook about one of the most fascinating places on earth - the sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet.
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With this campaign you support the publication of a large-format photobook, which will be published in october 2016.

The story behind Face To Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet

In the midst of the stony desert of the Changtang plateau, it towers up like a pyramid: Mount Kailash. Tibetans also call it "jewel of snow". It is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been to.

Mount Kailash Northface - Dirapuk Gompa
Mount Kailash Northface - Dirapuk Gompa

In its territory arise the four major rivers of Asia: the Indus, the Satluj, the Brahmaputra and the Karnali ( a tributary of the Ganges ). The four major religious traditions Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Bon worship Mount Kailash not only as a sacred mountain, but they refer to it as the origin of the universe.

Tarpoche - Saga Dawa Festival
Tarpoche - Saga Dawa Festival

Year after year, hundreds of believers set out for the exhausting pilgrimage to Mount Kailash. They circumambulate the mountain along a 54 kilometre path – the so-called Kora - to free themselves from the sins of life. Deeply religious pilgrims walk the path doing prostrations. It takes about 2 to 4 weeks to complete. Buddhists believe that 108 circumambulations lead towards enlightenment.

name: Lha Ga - age: 49 - origin: Gei Gyei - count of koras 6 (11 days in prostrations)
name: Lha Ga - age: 49 - origin: Gei Gyei - count of koras 6 (11 days in prostrations)

 

Mount Kailash - Lha Chu valley
Mount Kailash - Lha Chu valley

Out of respect for its spiritual importance Mount Kailash has never been climbed. In 1985, Reinhold Messner was authorized to climb it but he consciously decided against it. For this reason, Mount Kailash is one of the rare untrodden places of our world.

Mount Kailash Northface - Dirapuk Gompa - full moon
Mount Kailash Northface - Dirapuk Gompa - full moon

 

name: Yei Shi Gyle Tsen - age: 35 - origin: Shikatse - count of koras: 12
name: Yei Shi Gyle Tsen - age: 35 - origin: Shikatse - count of koras: 12

In 2012 I spent several weeks in the remote Kailash area to take photos for my project FACE TO FAITH | MOUNT KAILASH | TIBET . My bag was packed with an analog 4x5 inch camera, numerous sheet film cassettes, hundreds of polaroids and color negative films. This slow way of taking photos enabled me to show the same respect to the pilgrims as to the sacred mountain which means so much to them. I returned with a series of iconic portraits and landscape panoramas which will be published in the photobook FACE TO FAITH | MOUNT KAILASH | TIBET.

Mount Kailash Northface - Dirapuk Gompa
Mount Kailash Northface - Dirapuk Gompa

 

left name: Lo Sang Yei Shi - age: 27 - origin: Makame - count of koras: 5  | right name: Tei Mei Gy - age: 28 - origin: Makame - count of koras: 5
left name: Lo Sang Yei Shi - age: 27 - origin: Makame - count of koras: 5 | right name: Tei Mei Gy - age: 28 - origin: Makame - count of koras: 5

 

Mount Kailash Northface - Dirapuk Gompa
Mount Kailash Northface - Dirapuk Gompa

 

name: Doll Ma - age: 18 - origin: Lhatse - count of koras: 1
name: Doll Ma - age: 18 - origin: Lhatse - count of koras: 1

 

Mount Kailash Southface - Selung Gompa
Mount Kailash Southface - Selung Gompa

To publish this unique photobook, i need your support.

The book: Face To Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet                                   

Since the initial idea for this book eight years have passed. After years of preparation and several attempts to get a travel permit, in 2012 I was finally able to conclude the photographic work. Due to the immense travel restrictions for foreigners and individuals it is almost impossible to visit the Kailash region, especially for such a long period. For this reason Mount Kailash has never been documented in such detail. I have now invested several more years and ”all of my money” in the realization of the book "Face To Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet”, which will finally be released in October 2016 by Hatje Cantz. This large format photobook ( 28 x 33 cm ) has 192 pages ( 5 foldout pages) and contains 88 color photographs.

For the design of the book, I am very happy to collaborate with the renowned design studio Peter Schmidt, Belliero & Zandée in Hamburg. Thanks to their great ideas an exceptional photobook has arisen - a unique photographic documentation of this mystical place and the people who worship it as the origin of the universe - Mount Kailash in Tibet.

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transparent page with map and captions

 

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Why do I need your support?

A large part of the book production costs (printing, book design and royalties) I will cover with my own private money. However, I am still missing about €15,000 in order to get everything done without having to make any compromises. I am confident that through your collective effort the book can be successfully realised. 

If you are interested in the book "Face To Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet”, this campaign would be a great opportunity to support the project by ordering a book in advance or purchase various package offers including limited print editions, original print sheets, postcard sets or posters from the project.

Aside from your financial backing I would also be very glad if you could help spread the word about this campaign among your friends, family, colleagues and social media platforms. Thank you very much for your support.

See/choose your rewards at: www.facetofaith-kailash.com

The book: details

  • format: 28 x 33 cm hardcover
  • 192 pages, 5 foldouts
  • 8 detachable transparent pages with image information
  • 88 color photos
  • printed on: Luxo Art Samt 170 g/m2
  • bilingual: german/english
  • edition: 1.500 - 2.000
  • publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag
  • prize: about 58,- €

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Dieses Projekt unterstützt die Publikation eines grossformatigen Bildbandes, der im Herbst 2016 erscheint.

Die Geschichte: Face To Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet                           

Wie eine weisse Pyramide ragt der Kailash - von den Tibetern auch ”Juwel des Schnees” genannt - aus der Gesteinswüste der tibetischen Changtang-Hochebene empor. Der Mount Kailash ist einer der faszinierendsten Orte, die ich je bereist habe. In seinem Gebiet entspringen die vier wichtigsten Flüsse Asiens: der ”Indus”, der ”Satluj”, der ”Brahmaputra” und der ”Karnali” (Zufluss des Ganges). Auch deshalb verehren die vier grossen religiösen Traditionen Buddhismus, Hinduismus, Jainismus und Bön den Kailash als heiligen Berg - ja, betrachten ihn sogar als Ursprung unseres Universums.

Jährlich pilgern viele hundert Gläubige zum weit entlegenen Mount Kailash. Sie umrunden den Berg auf einem 54 Kilometer langen Pfad (Kora), um sich von den Sünden des Lebens zu befreien. Streng Gläubige begehen diese Runde in Niederwerfungen, wofür sie bis zu drei Wochen benötigen. 108 Umrundungen, so glauben die Buddhisten, führe zur Erleuchtung. Aus Respekt vor seiner spirituellen Bedeutung ist der Kailash (6714 m) bisher unbestiegen. In den 80er-Jahren verzichtete Reinhold Messner trotz einer offiziellen Besteige-Genehmigung bewusst auf diesen Gipfel. So ist der Kailash einer der seltenen unbetretenen Orte dieser Erde.

2012 verbrachte ich für mein Fotoprojekt FACE TO FAITH | MOUNT KAILASH | TIBET mehrere Wochen im nur schwer zugänglichen Kailash-Gebiet. Im Gepäck mit dabei: eine analoge 4x5” Grossformat-Kamera, zahlreiche Planfilm-Kassetten und hunderte von Polaroids und Farbnegativ-Filmen. Mit dieser langsamen Arbeitsweise konnte ich sowohl den Pilgern als auch dem für sie so bedeundenden Berg Kailash mit dem angemessenen Respekt fotografisch begegnen. Entstanden ist eine Serie ikonischer Portraits und Landschafts-Panoramen, die im Oktober 2016 als Bildband FACE TO FAITH | MOUNT KAILASH | TIBET erscheinen wird.

Für die Realisierung dieses aufwendig produzierten Fotobuchs bitte ich um eure Unterstützung.

Das Buch: Face To Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet                                

Seit der ersten Idee zu diesem Buchprojekt sind nun acht Jahre vergangen. Nach Jahren der Vorbereitung und mehreren Anläufen konnte ich 2012 die fotografische Arbeit abschliessen. Eine Portion Glück gehörte auch dazu, da es für Ausländer und Individualreisende auf Grund der immensen Restriktionen kaum möglich ist, in das Kailash-Gebiet zu reisen, geschweige denn sich dort über einen so langen Zeitraum aufzuhalten. Weitere Jahre meiner Zeit und all mein Geld investierte ich nun in die Realisierung des Buches ”Face To Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet”.

Im Oktober 2016 ist es dann soweit: Face To Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet wird publiziert. Der grossformatige Hardcover-Bildband (28x33cm) wird 192 Seiten (5 Klappseiten) stark, und enthält 90 farbige Abbildungen. Der Verkaufspreis für den Buchhandel wird bei 58,- € liegen.

Für die Gestaltung des Buches konnte ich das renommierte Hamburger Design-Büro PETER SCHMIDT, BELLIERO & ZANDÉE gewinnen. Auch Dank ihrer grossartigen Ideen ist ein aussergewöhnlicher Bildband entstanden, eine fotografische Dokumentation dieses mystischen Ortes und der Menschen, die ihn verehren, wie es sie in diesem Umfang noch nicht gibt Warum ich Eure Hilfe brauche?

Die Finanzierung des Buches liegt in meiner Hand. Einen grossen Teil davon werde ich mit eigenen, privaten Mitteln decken. Dennoch fehlen noch ca. 15.000 € um die Druckkosten, Gestaltung und Autorenhonorare zu finanzieren. Ohne eure Hilfe ist das nicht zu schaffen.

Wenn Ihr an der Realisierung dieses besonderen Buch-Projektes mitwirken wollt, dann unterstützt bitte meine Kickstarter-Kampagne. Hier habt Ihr die Gelegenheit, Bücher vorzubestellen und verschiedene, limitierte Print-Editionen, Postkartensets, Einzeldruckbögen oder Poster aus dem Projekt zu erwerben.

Hier könnt ihr eure rewards sehen/wählen: www.facetofaith-kailash.com

Bitte teilt gerne diese Kampagne mit Euren Freunden und/oder auf Euren Sozialen Netzwerken - vorab ein grosses Dankeschön.

Risks and challenges

The photo book "Face to Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet" will be launched in october 2016 by the publisher Hatje Cantz. If the book is successfully backed, things should go smoothly and I won't expect any problems to fullfilling my commitment to the backers. There is always the possibility of delays, but i will do my best to deliver the rewards to all backers as promised in november 2016. If I surpass my goal, I will dedicate the additional funding to start a photo exhibition of "Face to Faith | Mount Kailash | Tibet". My promise: all your financial contributions will remain within this project.

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