January 28 to February 18, 2006

Vassi Koutsaftis has traveled in Asia for over 30 years and in the Himalayas for over 18 years. He has led treks since 1986, and his photos of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Arctic have been exhibited widely throughout the world. This photo exhibit of Tibet, which appeared at Stanford University, was created specifically for the reception in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, November 4th, 2005.

Vassi was born in Athens, Greece, and grew up in Europe. He served as a deck officer on several ships sailing around the world for a number of years, then moved to California where he studied aeronautics. He has traveled since he was very young and spends quite a bit of time in Asia where he has fallen in love with the cultures and people. Vassi has for many years been working with Geographic Expeditions in San Francisco handling special projects and leading expeditions to the Himalayas.

Over the years Vassi's photos have been published in a number of magazines including Geo (European edition) Photografos, USA Today, Asia Week, Kathimerini, and Sing Tao daily. His photos have also appeared on a number of documentary films such as Ice Everywhere', a film about the life of Tilman, the British explorer. In addition he has worked with CBS as well as DreamWorks and smaller film companies. Vassi has photographed His Holiness the Dalai Lama on numerous occasions over the past 15 years in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Dharmasala, India, plus he has held slide presentations honoring the Dalai Lama at a number of functions in cities from New York to Los Angeles.
Vassi's photographs of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Arctic have been exhibited widely, among other places at Stanford University, Palo Alto, in Mill Valley, Los Angeles, and Greece.