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Disabled Tibetan photographer aims high

People’s Daily Online

11th December 2023

Disabled Tibetan photographer aims high

By Huang Yaoman, Jiang Fan and Lyu Qiuping

Lhapa Dondrup is perhaps the shortest photographer in southwest China's Xizang Autonomous Region.

Standing less than 1 meter tall, the wheelchair-bound Tibetan has brittle bone disease, which leads to frequent fractures. He is now 22 years old, despite doctors once predicting that he would never live beyond 20.

However, his physical disability has not stopped him from chasing his dream of becoming a photographer.

"Photography reminds me of the time when I was confined to bed during childhood. Lying in bed, I found that the rays of light through the window were so beautiful," Lhapa Dondrup recalled, adding that photography is his way of holding onto the beautiful moments in life.

Sunday marks Human Rights Day.

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