Portrait of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama 2007
By David Roberts
640 mm x 830 mm framed
David Roberts takes a contemplative approach to making photographs. He uses large format view cameras comprising a bellows, tripod and dark cloth. Such apparatus offers tonality and resolution unmatched by lesser camera formats, along with a labour-intensive process that adds to the time taken to create the work. He has made portraits of many famous faces over a 25-year period. Roberts reverence for the natural world is also an integral part of his oeuvre, with works collected by and commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and the State Library of Victoria.
David Roberts’ portrait of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama taken in 2007, saw him as one of the few photographers granted a format portrait session with His Holiness while visiting Australia. This framed black and white, hand-printed photograph of the Dalai Lama was taken in a private sitting with His Holiness.
Click here to watch Linda Espie tell the story of David's work.