Hessischer Rundfunk | Frankfurt | Germany | 31 March 2005

by Bettina Emmerich

"The book is a sensation. Though so frequently photographed, a camera has never until now come so close to the leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Photographers often place themselves in the scene, Manuel Bauer on the other hand proves that a man with a camera can make himself invisible. The result are photographs that are very intimate, up close and absolutely entrancing. Whether the Dalai Lama is sitting in front of the television or on stage in front of tens of thousands. One turns through the almost 250 pages of photographs with increasing pleasure; pictures indeed say more than words. Those who would still like words can glance through an interview, extended introduction and time line. The most beautiful photography book of spring 2005."