This photography project collects images of the cultural heritage of Nepal from before the 2015 earthquake as a way to honor Nepal’s past and look to its future.

On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a devastating tragedy when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country. Thousands of lives were lost, homes destroyed, and historical sites, sacred for centuries, have been left in ruins. SAFE recognizes that in times of mass destruction, human lives must always take precedent. This does not, however, diminish the great significance of cultural heritage and the role it plays in Nepalese society; for the people of Nepal, heritage is a part of life itself, imbued with history, beauty, and sacredness. Its destruction, and the tragic looting and trafficking which has followed, not only robs Nepal of its past, but also inhibits its rebuilding.

To join the honorable efforts of many people around the world helping to protect, preserve, and rebuild Nepal’s heritage, SAFE has initiated a photography project, “Nepal: Look Back to Look Ahead,” in the same spirit as our 2010 “Haiti: Look Back to Look Ahead” campaign. This project seeks to assemble a collection of photos and videos of Nepal’s cultural heritage – its temples, its statues, its paintings – and Nepalese life amongst it. SAFE wants to ensure that as Nepal rebuilds, tangible links to its incredible past are still visible and accessible. Just as we did for Haiti, SAFE hopes to create a place for visual remembering and restructuring as Nepal looks to its future.

To collect these images, SAFE has established a “Nepal: Look Back to Look Ahead” Flickr group and a Pinterest board. If you have photographs or videos of Nepalese life from before the earthquake and would like to contribute to our initiative, please share them with the group using your Flickr and/or Pinterest accounts. Alternatively, you can email them to us at info@savingantiquities.org. All images will be tagged and any descriptions or credit lines specified by the photographer will be included.

Thank you for standing with us as together we #HonorNepal.