Flickr.com’s Tibet slideshow is not exactly full of surprises. The landscape is as stunning as one would imagine; the people — mainly village-dwellers and monks — appear peaceful and welcoming. The Tibet photos at TrekEarth.com tell a similar story, as do the pictures from the Google Images Tibet collection. There are a few images from the fight for independence (some of them startling, so as usual, look through once before showing the kids), but visually the nation’s natural beauty overwhelms all.
If Chinese domination of Tibet is as much overt oppression than as it is a comprehensive campaign to make Tibet irrevocably Chinese, how does one photograph a nation that’s struggling not to disappear?