Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by Keith

Seventh Annual Best of ASMP 2011 Selects Keith Berr’s Project

The Seventh Annual Best of ASMP 2011 Selected 20 photographers projects to showcase this year and I am very proud to announce that my Bhutanese series "Sacred Treasures of Thunder Dragon" was among those chosen. There were more than 150 projects submitted for the seventh annual Best of ASMP and submissions came in from most of ASMP’s 39 chapters, along with several strong international candidates. In 2011, Best of ASMP finalists truly have a global reach, with image makers hailing from nine different states in addition to Switzerland, Indonesia and Australia.

In “The Sacred Treasures of Thunder Dragon, I was inspired by ethnographic photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis to examine and preserve Bhutan’s disappearing identity. New external alliances with this isolated Himalayan nation, sheltered for centuries from the outside world, are now causing a rapid decline in traditional ways. After our initial expedition to create these images, Linda Barberic, my producer/partner and I plan to return, to document other aspects of this charming, mostly Buddhist culture.

This is quite an honor to be selected among some of the worlds premier photographers. If you would like to read about my project and see the quite amazing work by the other 19 photographers chosen, please visit The Seventh Annual Best of ASMP 2011.

Thanks so much!

Azhim

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