KAMERAKIDZ

WINTER IN ZANSKAR

 

“Winter in Zanskar is the most boring season for every local and for an outsider it is horrible.“ Stanzin Lhadon writes this in an essay about the wintertime in Zanskar. This quotation introduces the readership to the coffeetable-book of the  Kamerakidz. On 146 pages they get to know in picture and word about the monotonous white in the landscape, the hardships of getting water, the difficulty of food-storage – but also about the joy of the children while moving over ice and snow, hours of togetherness at the warm oven and happy festivities especially at New Year, the daylong Losar-celebrations. And so Stanzin Lhadon continues at the end of the book: „ – but for me it is the most fascinating and relaxing time.“
Photographer Nana Ziesche works since 2011 with the children of the Secpad-School in Zanskar in the Indian Himalayas for the project of the „Kamerakidz“. The children get donated digitalcameras, using them for taking photos of their daily life same as the zanskari cultural landscape during trips. The photos can be purchased as calenders, postcards and prints and be seen in exhibitions and in internet. Zanskar is not accessable for 6-7 months a year as there is too high snow on the passes. To get the full account of all facettes of the zanskari culture, some cameras stayed the winter of 2013/14 with the teacher Nawang Thardot. Despite the many difficulties – a full month there was no power, the cameras died in this extreme cold one after the other – Nana Ziesche became so enthusiastic about the saved pics on the laptop, that she started immediatly wiht the concept for the book instead using the photos, as planned earlier, just for a chapter in a whole bigger book about Zanskar. „I am excited how the children are producing the documentary photos now independently in joint work, which don’t have to hide behind the ones of established photographers. The point of view of the children is direct, inventive and often carried by a an arrangement, which is not thought of in an area like this where are nearly no photographs. All pictures in the book are original and not cut!“

 

language pages cover FORMAT ISBN released
german/english 146 pages Softcover 21 x 21 cm 978-3-9816247-1-7 April 2015

 

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