Serena Chopra offers the viewer a portal into the lives of her subjects. Chopra spent five years in Bhutan photographing a community as it experienced a shift towards modernity. Chopra’s visual study of the culture came at a pivotal time in Bhutan’s history. After 100 years of monarchy in 2007 the King, Jigme Sinye Wangchuck voluntarily abdicated the throne to his son, the crown prince of Bhutan. The Bhutanese’ emphasis on creating a ‘gross national happiness’ was a serious attempt to ensure government policies reached beyond the usual concerns for financial growth. Here are some of the most striking photographs from the project.
Photographer: Serena Chopra