Monday, December 18, 2006

“A people war: Images of the Nepal Conflict 1996-2006.”

“A people war: Images of the Nepal Conflict 1996-2006.” After a grueling selection process an international jury has selected 180 images from 2,561 pictures from 113 photographers submitted for a book on Nepal's ten-year insurgency.
Published by nepa~laya the bilingual book is called, “A people war: Images of the Nepal Conflict 1996-2006.”
Besides the photographs, the book contains a preface and captions in both English and Nepali. The project was envisioned by Kunda Dixit. The cover image, design and select pictures were revealed to a select audience on Tuesday 12 September 2006.

"From 1996 to 2006 the Nepali people have been caught up in a war waged in their name. The 'people's war' is what the Maoist called their revolution, which is appropriate because in the years that followed it was mostly the people who died and suffered," writes Kunda Dixit in the preface to the book.

The Jury also included noted international photographers and journalism educators, Shahidul Alam and Shyam Tekwani. The three member selection panel brought a refined sensibility about Nepal and a lot of cumulative experience as war correspondents around the world. All three hold a deep conviction that the visual medium has the power to sway people away from violence.

"It is not a challenge to take pictures of corpses, however, the real test is to take pictures that grab the decisive moment, deliver the message sharply and without ambiguity, while at the same time being tasteful and subtle," said Dixit at a sneak preview of the book at Yala Maya Kendra in Patan.

Jury member Shahidul Alam says he was impressed by the intensity and passion in the pictures, a trait he said is usually missing in more seasoned war photographers. "They also contained hope and belief in the future," he said.

The cover photo for the book is of children peering through the battered wall of a police station in Motipur of Kailali. Explaining his choice of this particular image for the cover, Jury member Shayam Teckwani says, "My selection of the pictures, including the cover image of the boys looking through the shell hole of a police station, was based on the graphic strength of the image, its historic value, its content and relevance and the dramatic representation."

"this has been an extremely exciting project and we hope it will help to sustain the peace process," said Kiran Krishna Shrestha team leader of the publishers, nepa~laya.

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Extra added: A people war: Images of the Nepal Conflict 1996-2006,
217 pages, 179 photographs of 80 photographers, Price 2500/- Nepali Rupees (Price may be changeable, as because of some reason)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Heart Beat Photography Exhibition

Heart Beat Photography Exhibition
Exhibition of 34 photographs by nine photographers. Twenty per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the photographs will go towards Jyoti, the only female Drug User Treatment and Rehabilitation Center.
Venue: Tantra Restaurant, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Date: 12th Dec 2006 to 12th Jan 2007

Friday, December 08, 2006

Looking for a face.

Looking for a face.


7-11 December, 2006
KIMFF - Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival is being organized in Kathmandu from 7-11 December 2006. Over Seventy films – documentaries, features, animation, shorts – from 26 countries will be screened back to back at three venues across Kathmandu - at the Russian Cultural Centre, Kamal Pokhari; Gurukul, Purano Baneshwore and the Tourist Service Centre at Exhibition Road.
Audiences can enjoy the best films on mountains, mountain people and mountain sports from around the globe. The films cover a wide array of subjects – including conflict, culture, climbing, wildlife, environment, globalization, gender, and lifestyles.
The fourth edition of Kimff is a tribute to Dr. Harka Gurung, eminent author and geographer and hardy supporter of the festival since its inception in 2000. Two books – Atlas of Nepal and a collection of his Nepali writings will also be released at a special tribute session during the festival.
Kimff’ 06 will present a Retrospective of films by the late Narain Singh Thapa, an Indian filmmaker of Nepali origin who specialized in films on Himalayan Valleys and mountains. Chief Producer of Films Division India from 1980 – 1983 and a Padma Shree Awardee, Thapa’s works include the coverage of the first Indian Expedition on Mount Everest in 1968.
Kimff ’06 will also showcase “Best of Banff”, a selection of films from Canada’s premier mountain film festival.
In ‘Know Your Himal’ Quizmaster Kunda Dixit will test audiences on their knowledge of the Nepali Himalaya.
Kimff '06 in collaboration with WWF Nepal has organized a Photo Competition/Exhibition on Nepal's highlands. The best fifty entries will be exhibited at the Russian Cultural Centre.
An Audience Award will be given to the film that receives the most votes from the audience.
For more information, please contact:
Himal Association
Patan Dhoka, PO Box 166, Lalitpur, Nepal
Phone: +977-1-5542544/5548142
Fax: +977-1-5541196


Everyone is invited, Explore Nepal by Bird’s Eye View.
Exhibition of Aerial photographs of Nepal by Captain Bed Upreti
Venue: Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur.
Date: 3rd to 9th Dec. 2006
Time: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
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