Keeper of Memories
Juju Bhai Dhakhwa
‘Facing the Camera’ is a book of antique Nepali photographs, documenting the nascent stages of photography in Nepal: its very early techniques and its very early clients. This book presents an apparent evolution not only in photographic skill and camera capacity, (addressing mysteries like why no one smiled in very early photos), but also in the subjects’ fashion and self-presentation. Taken in studios with elaborate backdrops, of which kinds no longer exist, with people, clad in their best clothes, imitating bollyhood poses, we discover just how much of novelty items early photos used to be.
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