Srinagar: Kashmiri journalist Showkat Nanda’s photo essay has figured among New York Times’ “13 Lens Posts That Captured Photography in 2017”.
Lens is the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, “presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting photographs, videos and slide shows”.
Nanda’s photo essay, “The Endless Wait”, supported by Magnum Foundation was first covered by the NYT Lens in February along with a profile of him by Evelyn Nieves titled, A Child of Kashmir’s
War Grows Up to Document It.
The Endless Wait focuses on the “effect of enforced disappearances as men suspected of rebel activity or who knows what were snatched from their beds, the markets and the streets during the conflict’s last 26 years, never to be seen again”.
“Some of the haunting images in “The Endless Wait” are of women Mr. Nanda knows, longtime friends and neighbors. Some he met and came to know through repeated visits (often while carrying only a Fujifilm X100T, with its fixed 23mm lens, trying to remain as unobtrusive as possible),” the report said.
“Most, if not all, the people he documents have spent countless hours and all their possessions, reduced to abject poverty, searching for their loved ones in jails, police stations, army camps and torture centers. None that he knows of have been reunited with their loved ones or received their remains.”
The project is listed at number 7 among the favourite posts of the year on Lens.
In March 2016, Nanda was selected for the prestigious Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund among 18 photographers, around the globe.
An award-winning Kashmiri documentary photographer, Nanda’s works have appeared in The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Vogue, Columbia Missourian, Vox Magazine, The Sunday Guardian and a variety of other newspapers, magazines and books.
He also bagged US State Department funded Fulbright Fellowship in 2012 to study photojournalism at a top US university.
A postgraduate in Mass Communication from University of Kashmir, Nanda started his career from AFP in Srinagar as a trainee photographer.