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About the Artist

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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.

Biography

Education 

- 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.


 

Exhibitions 

- 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

Grants 

- 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