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Nepal Picture Library

Nepal Picture Library

Nepal Picture Library (NPL) is a digital photo archive run by photo.circle that strives to document a comprehensive history of the Nepali people by encouraging individuals and families to contribute their photographs and stories to the archive. Since its inception in 2011, the archive has collected over 26,000 photographs from different parts of Nepal. 

 
  • Original Medium & Size: 120mm film
    Contributor: Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha
    Place: Helambu
    Year: 1970s
    Description: Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha became the first official photographer of the Nepal Tourism Department and spent the 70s and 80s traveling across Nepal, photographing landscapes, cultures and people presenting Nepal to the rest of the world through postcards, brochures, posters and travel magazines.
    This is one of Shrestha’s favourite photos. Here, three young children pose for the camera in Tarkeghyang village, in the Helambu region northeast of Kathmandu. The wave-like peaks and dips of the Himalayas in the background is mimicked in the way the children stand and sit on an uneven wall, their eyes wide with curiosity and disbelief.
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    Size: 12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Mountain Children

    $150.00
  • Original Medium & Size: Glass Plate 6.5X4.7 in (16.5 x 12 cm)
    Contributor: Ravi Mohan Shrestha
    Place: Tanse, Palpa
    Description: Shyam Mohan Shrestha remembers a lot of “outsiders” such as this Chaudhary man coming to his father to be photographed. The landowners of Tansen would call the Tharus up from the plains of Bhairahawa and Dang for Dasain and Tihar. The Tharus journeyed on foot, bringing ducks, chicken and grain for the festivities.
    Here, this young Tharu man is clearly dressed to impress with a blazer over his linens and his hair combed to the side. His stance in this portrait evokes careful power.
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    Size: 12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    A Young Tharu Man: An “Outsider”

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  • Original Medium & Size: 35mm Film
    Contributor: Bikas Rauniar
    Place: Kathmandu Durbar Square
    Description: UML (Unified Marxist - Leninist) Communist party's mass gathering in Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of three Durbar Squares in the Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. When the earthquake hit on April 25, 2015, it severely damaged this site.
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    Size: 12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Kathmandu Durbar Square

    $150.00
  • Original Medium & Size: 35mm Film
    Contributor: Bikas Rauniar
    Place: Patan Durbar Square
    Description: A common sight at Patan Durbar Square: a string of elderly men sitting together on the steps and benches near the sattals to chat and watch the world pass them by. 
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    Size: 12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Side Talk

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  • Original Medium & Size: 35mm Film
    Contributor: Sumitra Manandhar Gurung
    Place: Chiti Tilahar, Lamjung
    Description: The girls in this photo are seventh, eighth and ninth grade students. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung and her colleagues took some of their students from the school in Chiti Tilahar to participate in an inter-school competition in Besi Sahar, Lamjung. Competitions were held in singing, dancing and sports. This photo was taken in the playground of a school in Besi Sahar. Here, the girls are rehearsing their song before performing in the singing competition.
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    Size: 12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    The Final Rehearsal

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  • Original Medium & Size: 35mm Film
    Contributor: Sumitra Manandhar Gurung
    Place: Chiti Tilahar, Lamjung
    Description: Students take their exams on the school’s playground in Chiti Tilahar. To prevent cheating, Sumitra Manandhar Gurung and fellow teachers had made the students sit several feet away from one another.
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    Size: 12 x 16 in (30.48 x 40.64 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Exams Under An Open Sky

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  • Original Medium & Size: Print 3.4 in x 2.7 in (8.636 cm x 6.858 cm)
    Contributor: Renu Tuladhar
    Place: Central Zoo, Kathmandu
    Year: 1978
    Description: Taken from Renu Tuladhar's collection, this picture is of Meera Shrestha. Tuladhar met Shrestha in 1978, during tuition classes at Padma Kanya Campus. Although the two didn't interact much, Tuladhar remembers Shrestha as someone who was beautiful, like an Indian movie actress. "She was a very stylish girl, but was married at a young age," Tuladhar says. This picture was taken at the Central Zoo in Kathmandu. Tuladhar found this picture extremely beautiful and asked Shrestha for it so that she could add it to her collection of photos of her friends.
    
This photo was part of the Photographs of Friendship exhibition that showcased special relationships between Nepali women in the 60s and 70s. Women and girls in this collection of photographs challenged boundaries of marriage and families, and insisted on having friendships outside the home, creating more spaces for themselves.
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    Size: 12 x 15 in (30.48 x 38 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Woman Feeding Swans

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  • Original Medium & Size: 35mm Film
    Contributor: Purna Bahadur Shrestha
    Place: Sundhara, Kathmandu
    Description: Dharahara, also known as Bhimsen Tower, was a nine-story tall UNESCO-recognized structure built by Bhimsen Thapa in 1832. Originally constructed to serve as a watchtower for military use, it was open to public in 2005 and became a major tourist attraction. In 1934, an earthquake destroyed all but two stories and it was subsequently rebuilt only to collapse completely 81 years later in the April 25 earthquake in 2015.
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    Size: 12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Dharahara

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  • Original Medium & Size: 35mm Film
    Contributor: Juju Bhai Dhakhwa
    Description: This photograph is from the family albums of Juju Bhai Dhakhwa, an amateur photographer from Patan. Dhakhwa photographed family, friends, and neighbours, who invited him to events knowing that he would bring his camera along. Unlike most of the images of Newar communities created by historians and anthropologists, Dhakhwa’s photographs show us a sliver of the Newar community as seen through the eyes of a young man who represents the first generation of urban Nepali youth. This was a generation that enjoyed newly imported Russian motorbikes and Bollywood inspired three-piece suits.
    Here, with a casually dangled cigarette to share, two brothers brace for speed.
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    Size: 12 x 16 in (30.48 x 40.64 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Brothers on a Bike

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  • Original Medium & Size: Print 8.7 x 6.4 in (22 x 16 cm)
    Contributor: Amrit Man Singh Bania
    Place: Ason, Kathmandu Description: Every year for three days during the month of Chaitra, the chariot of the deity Seto Machindranath is paraded around Kathmandu. In this photograph, people surrounding the Chariot give way for this photograph to be taken.
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    Size: 12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Seto Machindranath Chariot

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  • Original Medium & Size: Glass Plate 6.5X4.7 in (16.5 x 12 cm)
    Contributor: Amrit Bahadur Chitrakar
    Description: Photographed in the studio of their home, we see Amrit Bahadur Chitrakar's mother (on the right) and her sister (on the left). When Amrit's mother couldn’t give birth for ten years, Amrit's father married her sister. Then, both women gave birth to healthy children with a gap of ten months between births. Since both of Amrit’s mothers were sisters, he says that he felt no rivalry in the house. Amrit's biological mother, sadly, passed away when he was four-months-old and knowing that he had another mother consoled him.
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    Size: 12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Ladies in the mist

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  • Original Medium & Size: Print 3.15 x 2.3 in (8 x5.8 cm)
    Contributor: Snigdha Bhatta
    Place: Godavari Kunda
    Year: 1976
    Description: Contributor, Snigdha Bhatta, remembers the photo with the following personal account:
    My aunt, Laxmi, stares into the pond as my mother, Sandhya, stands guard behind her. They were very close, as can be guessed from this picture, taken in 1976 at Godavari Kunda. Godavari was a sanctuary for them – a place where the two sisters could be on their own, a place where nobody would nag at them. They lived in Gabahal and it took them an hour to get to Godavari but the distance never stopped them. Their alcoholic father caused so much chaos in the family and they had serious financial problems. To get away from the problems at home, my aunt always spent her weekends in Godavari and my mother tagged along to soothe her. My mother remembers how sad they were the day this picture was taken. When I prodded to find out more about this photo, my aunt said: “I don’t want to talk about it.” She would spend hours in silence, contemplating her reflection in the pond. She enjoyed watching the fish swim about freely, and envied them. The fish would dive and dart around and my aunt could do nothing but stare at them. Sometimes, she cried uncontrollably. Most of the times, she felt chained. She must have felt like she was drowning in waves of self-pity. Her sombre expression hints at just how melancholic she was, just how desperately she sought freedom and independence.
    This photo was part of the Photographs of Friendship exhibition that showcased special relationships between Nepali women in the 60s and 70s. Women and girls in this collection of photographs challenged boundaries of marriage and families, and insisted on having friendships outside the home, creating more spaces for themselves.
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    Size: 12 x 18 in (30.48 x 45.72 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    Escape to Godavari

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  • Original Medium & Size: 120mm film
    Contributor: Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha
    Year: 1964
    Description: Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha became the first official photographer of the Nepal Tourism Department and spent the 70s and 80s traveling across Nepal, photographing landscapes, cultures and people presenting Nepal to the rest of the world through postcards, brochures, posters and travel magazines.
    This photograph was taken in the house of Shrestha’s friend, Kedar, a high-ranking police officer and spy for the government. The lady featured in this photograph, who also appears in Shrestha’s other photos, is Kedar’s sister. Shrestha visited their house in Jhochen to take photographs over the course of many years.
    Clad in a cotton cloud-like sari with schoolgirl ribbons in her hair, her back straight, her eyes sharp, the woman on the bed is both dream-like and clear.
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    Size: 12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
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    Kedar’s Sister

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  • Original Medium & Size: 120mm film
    Contributor: Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha
    Place: Pokhara
    Description: Mukunda Bahadur Shrestha became the first official photographer of the Nepal Tourism Department and spent the 70s and 80s traveling across Nepal, photographing landscapes, cultures and people presenting Nepal to the rest of the world through postcards, brochures, posters and travel magazines.
    Shrestha took this photo of a young Gurung woman carrying a doko –a basket of bamboo used to collect fodder for livestock and carry goods– against the stunning view of the Machhapuchchhre and the Annapurna Himal in the distance.
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    Size: 12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
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    Girl with doko

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  • Original Medium & Size: 120mm film
    Contributor: Uttam Bahadur Shrestha
    Place: Patan
    Description: In this beautiful portrait of a Tamang mother and daughter, one can see the years between the women reflected in their faces. The photographer in this Patan studio has artfully placed them against a simple backdrop so as to highlight their bejeweled smiling eyes.
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    Size: 12 x 12 in (30.48 x 30.48 cm)
    Paper: Hahnemühle Fine Art Inkjet
    Edition of 100

    The Years Between Them

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