Kathmandu, March 5, 2017: Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) today organized a Talk Programme with the high profile journalist and the editor of Nepali Times, Mr. Kunda Dixit. The programme was organized as part of the closing ceremony of #photoNepal exhibition, organized by NTB in coordination withÂ Photojournalists Club Nepal.
Speaking on the session, Dixit said that the professionalism of photography and photojournalism has been on the rise more than ever. Moreover, social media, especially Instagram and Facebook have helped to promote photography, he mentioned.
Dixit, also the curator of the photography book series on Nepali Civil war, ‘A People War’, â€˜Never Againâ€™, and â€˜People After Warâ€™ that portray how the decade-long insurgency affected the civilians and their life after the war, said, â€œWith these books, we wanted to give a message that common people too have history, and such wars affected them the most.â€
â€œAnd, usage of before-and-after photographs to tell the history and changes incurred in a duration is an strong way to tell such stories,â€ he added.
Presenting the slideshows of pictures from the photobooks, Dixit showed how was public reactions on seeing the photos of the war they witnessed.
He also shared that imagination and planning before taking photographs is what makes a photograph meaningful, and stand apart from othersâ€™. “You also need to be at the right place at the right time to take photographs,” he said.
Photojournalism and Photography
Dixit said that Photojournalism and Photography are basically two different subjects. â€œPhotojournalists should be journalists first,â€ he said, adding, â€œThe photos should present tell the basics of 6Ws of journalism (Who, What, Why, When, Where and How), and should be presented with captions.”
He also pointed out the lack of photo-editors in Nepali newsrooms.
Dixit too mentioned that photojournalists should have a particular area of specialization. â€œAnd, photojournalists should also think how they can make photographs different from others,â€ he added.
A person also having a close connection with photographers from abroad, Dixit also talked about the working style of Nepalese photojournalists and those from abroad. â€œWe need to put more energy, have dedication and zeal on what we work and how we work,” he shared to the photojournalists present on the programme.
#photoNepal Exhibition concludes
Nepal Tourism BoardÂ in coordination withÂ Nepalese in PhotographyÂ had organized an online phoyo competition on the theme â€œWhat is Ghumphir for you?â€ Top 50 images selected from the competition were being exhibited for 3-days on NTB premises in Bhrikutimandap. All these 50 photographers were also handed over with the certificates of appreciation on the occasion. The photo-exhibition, that ran from March 3, Friday has come to an end today.