05.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Symposium on ‘The State of Nepal’s Photo Archives’ 6 November 2012

UNESCO in collaboration with Nepal Picture Library is organizing a one-day symposium to discuss and debate the state of Nepal’s photo archives on 6 November 2012 at Yalamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka.

The participants in the event - mostly archivists, private collectors, researchers, and representatives of state run entities responsible for maintaining archives - will discuss questions such as : What is the state of Nepal’s photo archives? Who are the users of existing archives and collections? What are the challenges of archiving photographs? How can we plan for the future?

The first of its kind to take place in Nepal, the symposium will attempt to map existing photo collections and archives all over the country, discuss challenges in their archiving and encourage participants to network and explore ways of working together in the future.

Participants will include representatives from the Archaeology Section of the Culture Preservation and Promotion Division at the  Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the National Library, the Central Library and the Department of History of Tribhuwan University, the Hope 1 Library, the Keishar Library, the Dilliraman Library, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya, the Nepal Folklore Society, Martin Chautari, Social Science Baha, the Kathmandu Valley Public Library, Gorkhapatra and Kantipur publications, photo.circle, private collectors and individual photographers.

The symposium will be accompanied by a public exhibition titled "Retelling Histories: Photographs of Friendship". The exhibition that is curated by Photo.Circle will include a selection from various private collections. The exhibition will be launched on 6 November 2012 at 5:30 pm at the Patan Dhoka Pipalbot Chautari and will be for free and open to the public until 10 November 2012.  

The symposium and exhibition are being organized to mark World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, which is yearly observed on 27 October to increase global attention for the need to preserve the world's inheritance of still and moving images and of sound recordings.  The Day was established in 2007 by UNESCO in cooperation with the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) and other partners.  The slogan of this year's celebration is ”Audiovisual heritage memory? The clock is ticking".

UNESCO aims at raising awareness of the importance of audiovisual documents as integral part of the world’s memory.  Audiovisual heritage – film, video, radio and recorded sound material – is being lost every day due to neglect, natural decay and obsolescence of technology. Urgent measures must be taken immediately to prevent the loss of the heritage, especially through digitization, for example recordings, photos and films.


For further details please contact:

Nipuna Shrestha

UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Tel : 555 4296, Ext : 26



NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati

Nepal Picture Library a photo.circle initiative

Email: nayantara@photocircle.com.np

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