We are Sonam Zoksang and Kathryn Culley, the proprietors of Vision of Tibet. Family run since 1987, Vision of Tibet specializes in the finest handicrafts from Tibet, Nepal, and India. Whenever possible these are made by Tibetan
artisans, and almost always from family-run businesses.
We carry no merchandise made in China, as we don't
support the government that has so brutally repressed
Tibetans since the 1950s.
Sadly, after 20 years, we have lost our NYC shop. It was the oldest Tibetan handicrafts store in New York City until we closed on February 4th 2009. The building was sold last year and we were forced out.
**NEW! Good news! We are proud to announce our Hudson Valley venture, Vision of Tibet - Rosendale, which opened on Sept. 20, 2009**
We may still consider opening another shop in NYC one day. If anyone has any leads about rentals in Manhattan, you are welcome to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have a store and photo gallery in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia that remains open for the forseeable future, contrary to previous reports of imminent closure.
Hudson Valley shop:
378 Main St.
Rosendale, NY 12472
Hours: Sun, Mon, Weds & Thurs: 12 - 5;
Fri & Sat: 12 - 6 pm; Closed Tuesdays;
call, as we are sometimes there beyond posted hours, & can open by appt.
4225A Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Hours: Sun thru Thurs: 11 - 7;
Fri & Sat: 11 - 7, sometimes later.
Sonam Zoksang was born in Kyirong, Tibet in 1960 after the brutal Chinese invasion of Tibet. His parents escaped to India at their first opportunity, when Zoksang was one month old. He grew up in refugee schools, got a degree in Buddhist Dialectics, and taught himself photography. In 1985 Zoksang moved to the US, where he now runs Vision of Tibet. Active in the Tibetan Community as an advocate for human rights and political change, he is on the Board of Directors of the US Tibet Committee and has been president of the Tibetan Association of NY & NJ.
Sonam Zoksang’s mission is to tell the story of his homeland through photography. He does this by documenting Tibetans and Tibetan life, both in and out of Tibet. Whenever possible, he travels to Tibet to document the conditions in his Chinese-occupied homeland. He often takes pictures of Tibetan refugee communities in India, as well as in the US and other countries. Zoksang’s slide presentations at schools and cultural and community centers are always well-attended; he seeks out these opportunities as he feels education is particularly important. His photos have been widely published in books, magazines, and newspapers, and are widely exhibited, one major show having been in a US Congressional building in Washington DC. That exhibition was forced to close after less than one week due to political pressure.
Kathryn Culley grew up in New York and taught English as a Foreign Language in Cameroon with the Peace Corps from 1992-94. Her involvement in the Tibet movement occurred after traveling in India and Nepal in 1994. She met Sonam at Vision of Tibet NY a year later. Trained as a photographer, artist and writer, she also maintains this website at her Hudson Valley home where she and Sonam are raising their two children.