ROCK, Sheila. Sera. The Way of the Tibetan Monk. Photographs by Sheila Rock. New York, Columbia University Press,[ 2004].
Square 4to. Origininal illustrated wrappers; pp. xxii,  numerous plates; as new.
First soft-cover edition, signed by the artist and her name in print on the title crossed out. This moving photo book documents life in Tibetan exile monastery Sera Jey in Mysore, India, which had been founded after the attacks on the original Tibetan monastery in 1959. The forword is by Robert A. F. Thurman and covers the history of Buddhist monastic movements. Sheila Rock's book, which contains as well and introductory text by the photographer 'accompanied several exhibitions at The Photographers Gallery, London and the Palazzo Bricherasio Museum, Turin, Italy and The June Bateman Gallery, New York City. The Wereld Museum in Rotterdam exhibited the Sera Portraits in 2006. Images from the Sera series are in the permanent collection of the William Benton Museum of Art in Connecticut, USA. The Houston Fine Art Museum has acquired a Seascape portrait for their permanent collection.
Sheila Rock was born in the USA and educated at Boston University and the London Film School. She has lived and worked in London since 1970. She became an influential force shaping the look of creative magazines like The FACE magazine. Her successful career covers a wide spectrum; photographing for the entertainment and music industry, the West End theatre, the Royal Opera House, the Barbican and also advertising and design agencies and periodicals. Her editorial portrait and fashion work have appeared in numerous magazines, including: Time Magazine, Elle, Glamour, Rolling Stone, Architectural Digest, and the Sunday Times (from the photographer's website)..