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Old Prayer Flags, Kenneth Parker
Old Prayer Flags, Cho Dzong Cave Temple; Mustang, Tibetan Plateau
© Kenneth Parker, 2006

Buddhist Earth: Sacred Places/Sacred Work
Tibet and Other Lands
This exhibit closed March 1, 2009
from The Ordover Gallery at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Fine-art photographer Kenneth Parker has immersed himself in the culture and landscape of Tibet. His images reveal the religious monuments, prayer flags, modest homes and dramatic mountains of the region. Fine-art photographer Brian Kistler will also show images from Tibet. Glass sculptor Dick Ditore will show new works from his Shards series.

Kenneth Parker works with a large-format camera. He frequently spends several days contemplating the changing light and intimacy of a composition before completing a single exposure. In order to create his imagery, Parker engages in 5–10 day backpacking excursions to remote areas and carries 75–85 pounds of gear. Regarding his work, Parker says, “Moved as much as by any wilderness I have ever happened upon, the light and form of their lands have the power to evoke in me an arresting image that can make one feel if actually willing to climb deep inside its own special world and somehow inhabit it.”

Apsaras, Lichens and Blocks, Prasat Ta Prohm
Apsaras, Lichens and Blocks,
Prasat Ta Prohm; Angkor, Cambodia

© Kenneth Parker, 2007


Monks Assembling for Morning Prayers, Kistler 
Monks Assembling for Morning Prayers, Amdo,Tibet
© Brian Kistler, 1998

Early in Kenneth Parker’s photographic career, he worked as a field assistant for Eliot Porter, the fine-art color pioneer. Parker became involved with isolating and capturing the mysteries of nature; mysteries he had struggled to unravel for decades as a Ph.D. oceanographer. Leading galleries and collections nationwide represent Parker’s photographic artwork.

His photographs have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, Oakland Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and now at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Also on view will be images by Parker of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, and select wilderness photographs.

All artwork in The Ordover Gallery is for sale; a substantial portion of proceeds will benefit the Museum. The Ordover Gallery’s imagery and artists’ biographies can be viewed at


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