by Kevin Bubriski
ISBN: 978 9937 8421 0 5
I had heard much about the Maoists and the People’s War over the past fourteen years and I knew only the gruesome images of war from both sides of the conflict.
This collection of portraits lets us see individual PLA combatants and know each person’s name, district and age. Each portrait represents just a brief moment in the subject’s life, a moment after the war and after four years of cantonment life. And a moment before any final decisions had been made about the individual or collective destiny of the PLA combatants.
May this collection of photographs help all people of Nepal understand that along with the collective identities of ethnic, economic, geographical and political affiliation are individual lives in the balance.
Bubriski’s empathetic portraits of these young men and women…allow us to think about the meanings of past; they create a visual, historical record of a time of remarkable transformations in the history of Nepal. Perhaps they will also spark interest in understanding the motivations and lives of this young generation, and new ways of imagining a future for Nepal at a time of profound social and political change.
—Toby Alice Volkman
Kevin Bubriski came to Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1975. He has published Portrait of Nepal (1993) and Power Places of Kathmandu: Hindu and Buddhist Holy Sites in the Sacred Valley of Nepal (1995). Bubriski’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He is a professor of photography at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, USA.