On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the outbreak of the novel coronavirus as a worldwide pandemic. But somehow everything is focused on so-called big countries. We neglect people in other parts of the world. But when we try to look at the human condition in those places in this difficult time, we can see that the people there are so humbly brave and resilient. Like the Nepalese in Skanda Gautam‘s photos. They fight the virus with so little material resources but so much courage and love for life. They know, things have changed, but life still goes on, just in a different way.
The Nepalese photojournalist Skanda Gautam was an art student during his high school days, but he was unaware of photography until he heard about an undergraduate diploma course in Advertising & Graphic Design. After studying this course for three years, he becomes interested in photography. He did event-, wedding- and fashion photography at first, but gradually, he realized that they weren’t a good fit for him.
Seven years ago, he was offered an internship as a photojournalist at a newspaper that changed his life. He currently works as a photojournalist at Nepal’s leading and highest-selling English daily newspaper, The Himalayan Times, based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” — Robert Frank
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin
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