13.08.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha's photographies. A part of Nepal’s memory

©Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha

An integral part of Nepal’s memory, the unique collection of photographs by Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha, is shown at the Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited, from 11 to 20 August 2012.

The exhibition “Postcards and beyond” features the works of Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha, a Patan-based photographer who dedicated more than 25 years of his life to photography.

He  spent the 1970’s and 80’s travelling across Nepal, photographing mountains, culture and people. His photographs introduced Nepal to the world. Since early 2011 Nepal Picture Library has digitized more than 11,000 of his slides and negatives.


Axel Plathe, UNESCO Representative to Nepal, in his address at the opening of the exhibition said: “Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha’s photographs bring knowledge about Nepal and the living culture of its people to audience across linguistic, geographical and cultural boundaries of reality and  beyond personal storytelling.They are now part of Nepal’s audiovisual legacy. And as such, they form part of the universal documentary heritage, of the Memory of the World.”


Preserving and making this photographic heritage accessible will help understand Nepal’s people, their history and culture. Its preservation is important to Nepal, where cultural diversity and shared heritage are so vital for nurturing the sense of one nation.


The exhibition has been jointly curated by Nepal Picture Library and anthropologist Alban von Stockhausen, the Photo.Circle being one of the sponsors. The exhibition also features a series of talks discussing the importance and use of archives.


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