Fig. 11. The photographer Min Ratna Bajracharya with his image “Dawn of Freedom,” Kathmandu, September 2019. Following the shooting dead of more than fifty demonstrators, in April 1990, King Birendra announced the end of absolute rule. Bajracharya photographed a young woman named Durga Thapa rising from a large, predominantly male celebratory crowd with her hands raised in a victory salute. This jubilant image would become an icon of Nepali photojournalism, but one that is little known outside of the country. Durga Thapa’s pose is regularly (re-)performed by demonstrators: Bajracharya recounts many instances in which he subsequently photographed activists consciously acting out her iconic gestures. Photograph by Christopher Pinney; PHOTODEMOS: Citizens of Photography: the Camera and the Political Imagination

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