Zakaria Zainal October 14, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Nepal.
Retired Singapore Gurkhas, Dharan and Pokhara Nepal 2011
Zakaria Zainal (b. 1985, Singapore) graduated from the School of Communication, Nanyang Technological University in 2010. His work has been published in The Straits Times, Nepali Times and The Invisible Photographer Asia among others. His photographs have also been exhibited at the 3rd Singapore International Photography Festival, Valentine Willie Fine Art Gallery, The Philanthropic Museum and the upcoming Dali International Photography Festival. In 2012, he published his first monograph: Our Gurkhas: Singapore Through Their Eyes, an anthology of portraits and anecdotes of the retired Singapore Gurkha and also organized a traveling exhibi in Nepal of the work.
About the Photograph:
“These two photographs are part of a series titled “Our Gurkhas”. In 2011, I spent three months visiting three states in Nepal searching, interviewing and photographing Singapore Gurkhas. When people talk about the Gurkhas, they mainly refer to those from the British or Indian army. Little is known about the stories and memories of those Gurkhas who have served in the Singapore Gurkha Contingent. Working with the Singapore Gurkhas Pensioners’ Association (SGPA), I would refer to a telephone list of the Gurkhas. There were some numbers I could not call, because some were already dead or have moved overseas with their families. Both Mr Youm (left) and Mr Bhabindra (right) were kind enough to share with me what they could remember from their time in serving Singapore. Through their foreign eyes, they witnessed the rapid pace of change of this small island they once called home. In their current homes, both in Dharan and Pokhara respectively, they adorn their houses with tangible memories of Singapore — especially photographs of them in uniform.”
Greg Constantine January 6, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Nepal.
Southern Nepal, 2008
Greg Constantine (b. 1970, USA) has been based in Southeast Asia since early 2006. For the last four years, he has been working on a project entitled, Nowhere People, which documents the struggles of stateless people around the world. His photo essays have been widely published and he has been the recipient of numerous international awards, including POYi and NPPA Best of Photojournalism. In 2008 he received the SOPA Award for Feature Photography from the Society of Publishers in Asia, an Amnesty International Human Rights Press Award and the Harry Chapin Media Award for Photojournalism. In 2009, Greg was part of a team of journalists from the International Herald Tribune who received the Osborn Elliott Prize for Journalism on Asia presented annually by the Asia Society. Most recently, Greg was a recipient of a 2009 Open Society Institute Distribution Grant.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph was taken in a remote Dalit village in southern Nepal. It is part of my long-term project on stateless people, called Nowhere People. Before 2007, some four million people in southern Nepal (in a region along the border called the Terai) had been denied Nepalese citizenship for generations. After the monarchy was overthrown and in the creation of a ‘New Nepal’, some 2.6 million people in the Terai were finally issued Nepalese citizenship, yet hundreds of thousands of the poorest and most vulnerable found themselves excluded, primarily because of deep-rooted caste-based discrimination. Large numbers of Dalit or ‘untouchables’ were among the people who were left behind. While the Terai region is the breadbasket of Nepal, and while Dalit are the ones who primarily work the land in the Terai, little or no resources are allocated to the Dalit in the region.”