Artscape : Craft of the moment

Himalayan News Service


The exposition of photographs by Holly Holzer at Siddhartha Art Gallery, Babermahal, depicts Nepal’s diverse culture, creed and way of life. The photographs are taken in the remote Manang, Manag and Solukhumbu regions as well as at Miteri Bridge on the Nepal-China border. Holzer joined the US embassy team in Nepal in 2003. “I am just an amateur photographer,” says she. However, her works provide evidence of meticulous camerawork capturing the moment. As James Moriarty, American ambassador to Nepal, said in his inaugural speech, “It is easier for us diplomats to understand Nepali life and culture than other visitors.” A closeup of “Laxmi,” a Thakali woman of Larjung, Mustang, “Bahini” from Pokhara, “Didi and Bhai” are some of her best works. All the 47 exhibits, including photographs of Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri from India, are taken between May 2004 and July 2005. The price of the pictures ranges between Rs 6,000 and Rs 9,000. The proceeds will go to the Kathmandu Valley Historic Preservation Trust. The trust has already been provided with an aid of $1,25,000 from the US State Department through the Ambassadors Fund.