Bronze / 2018 / Portraiture / Culture

Chodron, Tibet, 2017

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Culture
  • Photographer
    Amy Luo

Thirteen-year-old Chodron gazes at my lens for a long moment, but it is scenes from her 'previous life' which she 'sees' or 'remembers'. At the age of six, she emerged as an oracle in her village on the edge of Ngari Region to the remote west of Tibet and was believed to be the reincarnation of a local deity. Tibetans are generally considered to be Buddhists and share a unanimous belief in reincarnation. I, the photographer, am present-in that privileged moment which does not last. The present of the image is being revisited by Chodron's fantasies or memories, and I am the witness, observer, who takes an image of a vanished world which Chodron keeps on revisiting, to which she and I alone bear witness.

Born and raised in southern China, Amy Luo obtained her Master's degree in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh and went on to further her research at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Since her graduation, Luo has been engaged with feature film projects, documentaries as well as news reportages both in China and abroad.

In 2015, Luo graduated from the General Studies program at the International Centre of Photography (ICP) in New York. She was the recipient of the 2015 Rita K. Hillman Award for Excellence, ICP. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally including in the American Photography. Luo has been cited with a number of awards for her series “Dreams” including being placed as a finalist for fine art photography in the first edition of the Magnum Photography Awards in 2016.

Luo currently divides her time between New York City and Beijing working both in film production and also as a freelance photographer.