Shaolin Temple of Zen
For the first time in history, the notoriously guarded warrior monks of the fifteen-hundred-year-old Shaolin Templea Chinese Buddhist sect dedicated to preserving a form of kung fu known as the vehicle of Zenhave allowed their secretive society to be documented.
With the blessing of the main abbot, Justin Guariglia earned the trust and full collaboration of the Shaolin monks to create an astonishing, empathic record of the Shaolin art forms and the individuals who consider themselves the keepers of these traditions. Over the past eight years, Guariglia has deftly captured the changing context of this ancient sect as it encounters the increasingly hyper-modern world of contemporary China.
This amazing work by one of todays most promising photographers provides viewers with a rare opportunity to examine the energy and spirit of the Shaolins unique Zen practice, which has previously been seen primarily via pop-cultural interpretation in such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Born in 1974 in Livingston, New Jersey, JUSTIN GUARIGLIA lived in Asia for nearly a decade and now resides in New York City. He has worked for National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, and Newsweek. Guariglia was nominated for the International Center of Photographys Young Photographer Infinity Award, received an Eddie Adams Workshop award, and was named by Photo District News as one of the top 30 Young Photographers under 30.
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