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About the Artist

Click here to read the article about Don Farber and his work that was featured in The Eye of Photography, the daily digital magazine specialized in photography art.



- Manchester College of Art and Design, England, (Photography), 1969-70.

- U.C.L.A. (filmmaking and cultural anthropology), 1970 and 1973.

- San Francisco Art Institute, (photography), 1971-73, B.F.A., 1973.

- University of Oriental Studies, Los Angeles, (Buddhist studies), 1977-80.



- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, group show, 1972.

- California Museum of Science and Industry, solo show, 1980.

- Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, solo show, 1980.

- LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), group show, 1982.

- Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, solo show, 1987.

- California State University, Fullerton, solo show, 1987.

- The Asia Society, New York City, solo show, 1988.

- San Jose State University, solo show, 1988.

- Fresno Metropolitan Museum, solo show, 1988.

- Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, group show, 1989.

- MoMA PS1 Museum New York City, group show, 1990.

- Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, solo show, 1992.

- Mokatoff Asian Arts, New York City, solo show, 1992.

- California State University, Fullerton, solo show, 1992.

- Santa Monica College Photography Gallery, solo show, 1992.

- Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco, group show, 1993 to 1995.

- June Bateman Gallery,  New York City, group show, 2002.

- Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, solo show, 2002.

- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, included in Circle of Bliss exhibition, 2003.

- UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History,Visions of Buddhist Life, solo show, 2004. 

- Shumei Hall Gallery, Pasadena, solo show, The Dalai Lama and His People, 2010.

- Tibet House, New York City, The Dalai Lama and His People, 2011.

- Throckmorton Fine Art, New York City, Visions of Buddhist Life, solo show, 2020.

Permanent Collections

- Los Angeles County Museum of Art

- Oakland Musuem of California Art

- Mingei International Museum, San Diego.

- Center for Political Graphics, Los Angeles

Photographic Books by Don Farber

- Taking Refuge in LA: Life in a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, Aperture, 1987.

- Visions of Buddhist Life, University of California Press, 2002.

- Tibetan Buddhist Life, DK Publishing, 2003.

- Portraits of Tibetan Buddhist Masters, University of California Press, 2002.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Photography by Don Farber, teNeues Press, 2009


- California Arts Council, 1980, for an exhibition of photographs of Vietnamese Buddhist refugees in LA at the California Museum of Science and Industry.

- California Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, 

1987, for an exhibition, panel discussion, and book on Vietnamese refugees.

- Tourism Authority of Thailand, 1990, for photographing in Thailand and producing an exhibition at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.

- California Council for the Humanities, 1992, for exhibition, booklet, and panel discussion,
"Traditional Japanese Buddhist Life", Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.

- Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai USA, 1990 & 2005 in support of photography of Buddhist life

- Asian Cultural Council, 1993, to continue photographing world Buddhist life.

- J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Fulbright Grant, 1996, to photograph and
research Tibetan Buddhist life in India and Nepal over a ten month period.  

- The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, 2003, to photograph and interview Tibetan Buddhist masters.

- Living History Centre, 2012, for photography of Tibetan life in India

- Gere Foundation, 2012, to photograph and interview Tibetan Buddhist masters.

- Dalai Lama Foundation, 2017, to support the work of creating an archive of Don Farber's photography of Buddhist life at UCLA.

- Annenberg Foundation, 2019, to continue photographing world Buddhist life.

- Fidelity Charitable, 2019, to provide general support for the ongoing work of the Dharma Heritage Project.



Corporate Sponsorships 

- Eastman Kodak Company, donated film for photographing world Buddhist life in 1990s.

- A&I Color Lab, donated film processing from 1990 to 2000.

- Teikyoku Security Patrol Company, Tokyo, supported work in Japan 1990 - 1993