ABOUT THE BOOK
Photographer Kevin Bubriski has been visually documenting the country and people of Nepal since his first visit in 1975. Sent as a young Peace Corps volunteer to the northwest Karnali Zone, the country’s remotest and most economically depressed region, he spent three years walking the length and breadth of the Karnali, planning and overseeing construction of gravity flow drinking water pipelines. He also photographed the local villagers, producing an extraordinary series of 35mm and large format black-and-white images. For nearly four decades, Bubriski has maintained his close association with Nepal and its people. Both visual anthropology and cultural history, this remarkable body of photographic work documents Nepal’s evolution from a traditional Himalayan kingdom to a rapidly changing, globalized society. Nepal: 1975–2011 also offers an incisive and comprehensive look at the aesthetic evolution of an important contemporary photographer.
With an introductory essay by Charles Ramble, Director of Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and President of the International Association for Tibetan Studies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kevin Bubriski’s books include Portrait of Nepal, which won the Golden Light Documentary Award in 1993; Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal (1995); and Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero (2002). Bubriski’s fine art photographic work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. He has received numerous awards and grants including an NEA Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship to Nepal in 1989, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994 and in 2010 the Robert Gardner Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Co-Director of Documentary Studies at Green Mountain College in Vermont.