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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Daryl Hawk

Ladakh: Land of High Passes

This past April, international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk embarked alone on a 3200 mile solitary journey across the kingdom of Ladakh in northern India and the region of Kashmir. Ladakh is a remote and rugged land that separates the peaks of the western Himalaya range from the vast Tibetan plateau. It is one of the highest and driest regions in all of the world and cut off by snow for six months of the year. The tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is found here as a living and thriving religion. There is something spiritually stirring about the silence and isolation of the place. Hawk successfully traversed the entire region from the Pakistan border in the west to the Tibet border in the east. On route, he crossed the Khardung-la Pass at 18,380 feet on the highest motorable road in the world.

Mr. Hawk was there to shoot a documentary for both magazines and television and will share his nonstop, day to day adventures, experiences, discoveries, and valuable lessons he learned on this incredibly spiritual journey through this last Shangri-la. His quest and story to glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard will also be told. Photographs of dramatic and rarely ever seen before landscapes, stunning ancient Buddhist monasteries and fortresses, sacred lakes, nomads and Drokpas, recently discovered petroglyphs in caves, the Royal palace and meeting with the King and the lifestyles of the people who inhabit this kingdom will all be highlighted in this presentation.

“This was a story of great spiritual adventures. Explorers all have stories to tell and mine is told through the lens of a camera. It is the great beauty and timeless quality of the Himalayas and Ladakh that attracted me. It is my hope that this body of work captured its magical essence and will inspire people worldwide to protect the wilderness and fragile cultures that still exist there.”

Hawk will discuss his style, philosophy, and various techniques he uses when photographing subject matter. Equipment, lighting on location, environmental portraits, and travel tips on Ladakh will be covered. This presentation will be particularly valuable to anyone who travels and wants to come back with better photographs to help document their own trip.

For the past twenty-five years, Daryl Hawk has explored some of the most remote and isolated places in the world telling stories with his camera. He is a photographer, travel writer, lecturer, and explorer whose articles and photographs often appear in numerous national magazines and publications worldwide. He is a member of the Explorers Club and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has appeared several times on NBC’s “Today Show” and Fox 5 television.

He is the author of four published photography books. “Distant Journeys” consists of 150 color images from the Arctic, the Andes, Patagonia, Antarctica, Bhutan, New Zealand, and much more. “Quiet Moments” includes Hawk’s favorite 120 black and white photographs taken over the past 25 years. Nature and nautical landscapes and abstracts, New York City scenes, and misc. travel landscapes and portraits are all highlighted. He also has done books on White Pond in New Hampshire and Manhattan.

He is also the former host and producer of the television show The Unconventional Traveler, which featured some of the worlds’ leading explorers, travel photographers and filmmakers sharing their work from various expeditions and documentaries. Some of his shows included Jane Goodall, Buzz Aldrin, and George Schaller.

For more information on Daryl Hawk, please visit his website at

Date: 10/06/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free to EC Student Members, $5 w/ valid Student ID

Reservation Notes:

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