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May Day

Maoist Chairman, 'Prachanda', on May Day, Ratna Park, Kathmandu, Nepal

Maoist Supporters at Ratna Park on May Day, Kathmandu, Nepal

Maoist supporters forming a human chain to block the streets of Kathmandu

Maoist Chairman, 'Prachanda' adressing the crowd in Ratna Park on May Day, Kathmandu, Nepal

Cultural Performances during Maoists' May Day gathering, Ratna Park, Kathmandu, Nepal

Maoist crowd at Ratna Park during May Day demonstrations, Kathmandu, Nepal

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At Last, Rain Over Kathmandu Valley

The Image speaks for itself. It’s only the third time in over two months that it rains over Kathmandu Valley. A sight of relief for the residents of the capital.  Besides the obvious temporary relief from ongoing, severe lack of fresh water supply, this natural manifestation comes at a very important time indeed. The preparations are now starting for a festival to be held in a few weeks in Kathmandu and Patan (Lalitpur), south of the Bagmati River, where celebrations will be held and chariot parade will take place for Rato Machindra Nath Jatra, the God of Rain. On the photo, the lightnings fall over two rooftop water tanks.

At Last, Water Over Kathmandu

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Mix Tape from Kathmandu, Nepal

15 February 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal –

The following few photos are a sample of my first month in Nepal. The rate of festivals in Nepal, political, religious, public and private  events is somewhat overwhelming for the senses. This is a random selection of a few moments scattered throughout the month, from Hindu’s Shivaratri to Lhosar, the Lunar New Year celebrations held by the large Tibetan diaspora in Nepal a few days ago via  to Buffalo preparation that amazed me during my first week here. Features ‘Trash Town‘ and ‘Water Valley‘, are longer term endeavours on the challenges Nepal is facing on security, governance and environmental levels.

For more in-depth coverage, please visit WwW. STIGMATPHOTO.CoM

Sadhu on Shivaratri

Boudha, KTM, Nepal on Lunar New Year Day

Patan Durbar Square

Preparing Buffalo meet

Friends at Sundhara Tole

Sundhara Tea House

Trash Town

Water Valley

Water Valley

Kids at Mahabudha, Patan, Nepal

Rooftop View

Wedding Season in Nepal

Wedding Season in Nepal

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Stigmat Photo awarded in Quebec City

Stigmat Photo was recently awarded a number of prizes in Quebec City for the company’s development and social involvment.

First, Stigmat Photo won a prize from the Youth International Office of Quebec (Office Jeunesse Internationaux du Quebec OJIQ) for it’s developmemnt and involvemnent on the internaitonal scene, especially from its participation at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan in 2008.

Philippe Ruel, Larry Rochefort and Renaud Philippe receiving the Communication Award from Mr. Francois Alabrune, Consul of France to Quebec

Philippe Ruel, Larry Rochefort and Renaud Philippe receiving the Communication Award from Mr. Francois Alabrune, Consul of France to Quebec

Moreover, the work and business development of Stigmat Photo was highlighted by an award offfered by “Le Soleil” newspaper in Quebec City in an article published on Sunday the 28th of June 2009.

Larry Rochefort, Renaud Philippe and Philippe Ruel / Photo by Erick Labbe as published in Le Soleil

Larry Rochefort, Renaud Philippe and Philippe Ruel / Photo by Erick Labbe as published in Le Soleil

Also, Radio-Canada has also interviewd the members of Stigmat that are based in Quebec City at the moment and will air the interview at the evening news program “Le telejournal” on Sunday 28th.

The last but definitly not the least,  Stigmat Photo received a grant from OFQJ to be able to return to Perpignan and attend Visa Pour l’Image in 2009 coupled with a grant from Bombardier. That’s a lot of good news, to say the least, for the Agency.

Les Offices Jeunesse Internationaux du Quebec

Les Offices Jeunesse Internationaux du Quebec

Fondation Bombardier

Fondation Bombardier

Stigmat Photo in Perpignan 2008

Stigmat Photo in Perpignan 2008

On my part, I am heading back to Quebec, Canada tomorrow for a three week break and some study and photo related work!

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Retro on Rwanda

Commissioned by the Internationalist Foundation (IF), with whom I started to work since the debut in 2006, I am now working on a 3 year project to explore the relationship between Diasporas and Conflicts.  IF’s INFOCON project, “aims to promote a better understanding of how Civil Society Organizations representing Transnational Communities can work on preventing and resolving conflicts in Europe and worldwide.” The Project is financed by the EU and steered by the Internationalist Foundation and and involves several research institutes and CSOs from Belgium, the UK, Canada, Germany, France and the Netherlands. The selected regions of origin are to be studies are Turkey, Kosovo and the Great Lakes region in Africa.

Producing a visual documentary along the research lines as so far proved to be a fascinating and a delicate experience. As a platform, London has been fruitful to explore various angles of this project. Nooruz (Persian New Year) was celebrated a few weeks ago in Trafalgar Square. While not the main purpose of the festivities, the social gathering nevertheless reunited Kurds from many Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria.

Also,  Tuesday the 7th of April will mark 15th year since the Genocide took place in Rwanda. While remaining an understandably highly sensitive issue, a few events will take place in London and elsewhere to commemorate the atrocious anniversary. Survivors Fund (SURF) and Hope Survivors Foundation in collaboration with Amnesty International UK recently held an event for the 15th Anniversary commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. I have also been invited to attend an event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda on Tuesday to further the work on this aspect of the project.

This is therefore an ongoing photographic project which will cover a larger spectrum and greater number of diasporic communities and actors.

H.E. Claver Gatete Ambassador of Rwanda to the UK, Ireland and the Nordic Countries

H.E. Claver Gatete Ambassador of Rwanda to the UK, Ireland and the Nordic Countries

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