photo.circle

TEAM


Biraj Maharjan

Archive Assisitant

Biraj’s interests encompass a wide spectrum of pursuits, varying from nit-picking pop culture trivia over graphic design to music. At photo.circle, he’s the main power behind the scanning efforts for the Nepal Picture Library and lends a reliable hand to Nishant and the rest of the team in terms of logistics.

Dishebh Raj Shrestha

Head of Design

Dishebh Raj Shrestha is a Graphic Designer. Having completed a Bachelor in Design and an MBA, Dishebh is exploring ways to merge his passion with a sustainable career not just for himself but for other aspiring creatives as well. He currently runs Square Studio, a collective for designers, to pursue passion projects along with commissioned design projects.

Follow Dishebh on Instagram: @gajyangujung
Drawing (c) Sushma

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati

Co-founder & Director

NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati enjoys working across platforms to weave together visual narratives with research, pedagogy, and collective action to create public discourse around themes such as patriarchy, power and justice. In 2007, she co-founded photo.circle; a photography platform that has facilitated learning, exhibition making, and publishing opportunities for Nepali photographers. In 2010, she co-founded the Nepal Picture Library; a digital photo archive that documents and creates engagement with a public history of the Nepali people. NayanTara is also the co-founder and Festival Director of Photo Kathmandu, an international festival that takes place in Kathmandu every two years.

Follow NayanTara on Instagram: @n.t.g.k

 

Nishant Shilpakar

Chief – Admin & Accounts

Nishant’s broad expertise ranges from handling the organisation’s numbers and paperwork to managing the logistics of a variety of events. He is an avid traveller and likes to enjoy the Nepali mountains when he can. Being surrounded by photography practitioners most of the time inspires him to work on his own photography projects.

Follow Nishant on Instagram: @nishantshilpakar and @thechasmaproject

Sagar Chhetri

Coordinator – Education Initiatives, photo.circle

Sagar Chhetri is a Kathmandu based Nepali photographer and educator. His subtle color photographs aspires to explore the politics of power, identity and justice. His work tends to carry a unique approach towards the personal, social and political.
He went to Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka to study documentary photography. He received an education funding from the Danish Ministry of Education to join Danish School of media and Journalism, Aarhus, Denmark and did his diploma in photojournalism.

He is currently associated with photo.circle, a learning platform for Nepali photographers, Nepal Picture Library, a digital photo archive that strives to document an inclusive and alternate history of the Nepali people and Photo Kathmandu, international photography festival in Nepal.

Sagar received the Magnum Foundation Fund (2018). He was also recognized at the annual Nepali photojournalism contest in the category of photo story of the year (2016) for his work ‘Eclipse’. He received a multimedia grant (2016) from Nepal Photo Project to cover the stories of Nepal Earthquake 2015.

Follow Sagar on Instagram: @saagarchhetri

Shanti Lama

Housekeeper

Shanti has been with photo.circle from the beginning. She and her daughter Sushma are the beating hearts of the office. Her famous dal-bhat-tarkari makes a lot of visitors and friends stick around for lunch time. On the side, she operates a local eatery famed for its momo’s.

Shikhar Bhattarai

Coordinator and Chief Document Controller, Nepal Picture Library

Shikhar Bhattarai is a freelance photographer based in Kathmandu, Nepal. His passion for photography developed when he started to understand the power of the visual medium as a way to share stories. He is particularly interested in travel and documentary photography. An avid traveller, he has traversed across many parts of his diverse country, and is interested in its geographical and anthropological histories and narratives.

Follow Shikhar on Instagram: @shikharbhattarai and @nepal.travels

Shristi Shrestha

Programs Coordinator

Shristi is an artist based in Kathmandu. Her work explores ideas of memory and nostalgia. She is currently teaching at Ullens School and is associated with photo.circle and Photo Kathmandu. She received her BA in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College, MA in 2015.

Follow Shristi on Instagram: @ilovepastasofrigginmuch

Tripty Tamang Pakhrin

Coordinator – Programming and Outreach

Tripty Tamang Pakhrin is a photographer based out of Kathmandu, Nepal. She is a graduate from the School of Management, Kathmandu University. From documenting young Chinese gamers in internet cafes to exploring Siem Reap’s gay bar scene, her works focus on themes related to youth culture, space, repetition and memory. In 2018, she received the Fritt Ord Foundation’s Student Grant. She is currently associated with photo.circle, a photography platform in Nepal and Photo Kathmandu, an international photo biennale that takes place in Kathmandu. In 2019, she received the The Alexandra Boulat Grant in remembrance of the late, prize winning French photographer, who was a member and co-founder of VII Photo Agency.

Follow Tripty on Instagram: @tri3pty

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