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In his first solo ex­hi­bi­tion, “8 a.m.”, pho­tog­ra­pher Thamarong Wa­narithikul beau­ti­fully de­picts the essence of hu­man suf­fer­ing and en­durance. In a se­ries of rous­ing pho­tos, which will be show­cased at Kath­mandu Photo Gallery from Jan­uary 12 un­til Fe­bru­ary 23, he cap­tures a group of work­men in the back of a pick-up truck, ev­ery morn­ing for al­most a year. The images, which ap­pear at first to be so­cial re­al­ist paint­ings, show the clothes, the faces, the at­ti­tudes, the props of life like wa­ter flasks and food bas­kets, along­side work equip­ment and sup­plies—paint cans, con­crete mix­ing pail, tool box and crash hel­mets, be­long­ing to these men, who are un­aware of Thamarong’s gaz­ing lens. Di­vided into sets of images, the pho­tos are both in­trigu­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing.

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