DIANE BARKER is a photographer and artist based in Worcestershire in England. She studied Art History at the University of East Anglia and later was awarded an MA in Birmingham for a photo project recording the marks made by man on the landscape. She went on to make a living as a painter and used photography as an aid to her painting. Subsequently she came to see photography as a medium in its own right, a means of being out in the world with people.

The photographic subject of her heart is Tibetans, in particular Tibetan nomads. "This culture is very much based on compassion, a rare quality in the twenty first century."

Diane has shown extensively around the UK and also in India and in New York, and has work in private and public collections around the world.

"Diane is a very gifted storyteller–as both a photographer and a writer. Her photographic work and words that are rooted in her close relationship with, and knowledge of her subject matters have always touched our audience deeply. Her friendship with the Drokpa nomads which span over two decades, her continuous journeys to their land, and her deep affinity for their cultural and spiritual legacy manifest themselves in her words, spectacular photography, and humanitarian work to improve their plight. I would not hesitate to say that she is the storyteller of Dropkas of today. And through her art, she brings social change. Above all, Diane is a magical and remarkable human being, and a true professional."


Founder and Editor in Chief, Moowon Magazine

"Barker sees the magic of the divine in these people; the graceful masculine beauty of the monks when involved in their ceremonies and their down to earth playfulness when off duty; the instinctively beautiful gestures of the lay women absorbed in prayer; the primordial wildness of the Tibetan nomads living totally in harmony with the land.

She says of her photographs: "I'm mostly surprised by the results as I've no idea, on the whole, how things will turn out. Mostly it is a shock or a disappointment, sometimes a wondrous surprise." Her exhibitions have many such surprises. She wants to touch people's hearts. This she achieves time and time again."


Formerly Assistant Keeper of the Modern Collection at the Tate Gallery, London

"These beautiful photographs of the nomads of Eastern Tibet, as taken by the talented artist Diane Barker, expressively evoke for us a now fading era which seems to be passing away after thousands of years of quiet cultivation.

Diane Barker has long been involved with these people in a heartfelt way and her photographs reflect her deep appreciation for their culture. We are grateful that through her work she is helping to preserve a poignant record of this unique and doomed lifestyle before it disappears forever."



"Much of my photography is a celebration of the lives and the beautiful earth based culture of the Drokpa –or Tibetan nomads. I see them as people of remarkable power and dignity who live lightly, and with self-sufficiency, in the high-altitude grasslands. They are the natural stewards of their home environment, which they view as sacred, sustaining and alive – with both seen and unseen presences."