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Sailendra Kharel

Independent photojournalist, Sailendra Kharel specializes in editorial and documentary photography with a focus on long-term socio-political investigative photography. He was associated with The Kathmandu Post for seven years and is also the founder of Voice to Express, a platform to encourage young Nepali photographers find expression in their individual style of work.

He completed his Advanced Visual Storytelling course from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark, and a post graduate diploma in Photojournalism from the Asian Centre for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. His work has been widely published and exhibited nationally and internationally in photo festivals like the Chobi-Mela (Dhaka), Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia) and Delhi Photo Festival (India). Kharel has also received several local awards for his work.

What does photography mean to you?
It’s a process of expressing your voice through pictures.

Your inspiration…
Kent Klitch, Antonie da’agata, Pieter Ten Hoopen, Munem Wasif, Sohrab Hura, Marcus Bleasdale and so on.

What motivates you to take pictures?
My passion and curiosity

Your best work till date…
I am still learning, exploring new languages and approaches…

How do you define good photography?
In short, it is a picture or projects that makes you feel, think and encourages you to ask questions

If you weren’t a photographer, you would be…
I enjoy cooking and experimenting with food… so may be a Chef!

Where can people contact you for your work?
Through my website www.sailendrakharel.com.np

Being a photographer to you is…..
It’s a passion to investigate and document untold human stories… to execute them intimately and honesty. I enjoy the whole process of visual storytelling.

Future project…
The Lost Fate – my long term project on the lives and struggles of the workers of Birgunj Sugar Factory.