Born in Velletri, Italy, Luigi Fieni first came to Nepal in 1999 as a Tibetan Art Conservator for The American Himalayan Foundation, and has since photographed the landscape, the people and the artistic cultural heritage of Mustang.
As his background is mostly painting, his work is constantly trying to merge photography with painting, trying to produce photographs that are as pictorial as possible. It is a way of seeing a place through a deep knowledge of an area, an understanding of the culture and reverence for its beauty, but also with the gaze of an outsider.
Several of his photographs have been nominated, received honorable mentions and reached the podium in international photography contests, including the selection for the Prize Voies Off, the Black and White Spider Awards, the Photography Masters Cup, the One EyeLand Photography Awards or the Photo Annual Awards.
Exhibitions have been held in America, Europe and Asia, and his work is part of private collections worldwide, counting prominent venues such as The Manggha Museum (Krakow, Poland) and the Contemporary Art Collection of The Vatican Museums (Vatican City).
As a photographer, Fieni has collaborated with The National Geographic Society, The North Face, The Getty Images, The Mill Valley Film Group, Skydoor Productions, The American Himalayan Foundation, The Kham Aid Foundation, HPRC and Bauer Media.
Currently he is represented by PhotoEye Gallery (Santa Fe, USA), Streaming Art (The Hague, The Netherlands), Dream and Art (Krakow, Poland) and Pandora Art Gallery (Bangkok, Thailand). He works as a photographer, for Getty Images and The American Himalayan Foundation, he lives in Nepal and he devotes his time to photography and to the preservation of the Tibetan culture.
2016 - Honorable Mention in Fine Art, 2016 - Bronze Medal in Open Nature, 2016 - 2 Silver Medals in Open Nature, 2016 - 2 Gold Medals in Open Nature, 2016 - Honorable Mention in Nature: Landscapes, 2015 - Honorable Mention in Oceans, 2015 - Honorable Mention in Landscapes, 2014 - Second Place in Oceans Series, 2014 - Silver in Nature, 2014 - Silver in Fine Art, 2014 - Honorable Mention in Nature, 2014 - Honorable Mention in Fine Art, 2013 - Selection Prix Voies Off, 2013 - Bronze in Nature, 2012 - Honorable Mention in Nature
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Educating the Disabled
An American Himalayan Foundation partner since 2001, Navajyoti (“new sacred flame”), is a bastion of disability services, rights and information in a country where disabled children are often seen as cursed or being punished by the gods. For a family already struggling to make ends meet, having a disabled child can seem like an impossible burden; some are literally discarded while others live a life of exclusion and shame. Navajyoti’s mission is to bring hope and joy to the lives of developmentally disabled children in Nepal, and to make sure they are understood and accepted.
Stop Girl Trafficking
Every year, as many as 20,000 girls from the poorest parts of rural Nepal are trafficked: coerced or tricked with false promises, then sold into brothels, indentured servitude, or forced into child marriage.
Rehabilitation of Disabled Children
The Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children is now a world-recognized center. A team of dedicated doctors, led by Dr. Banskota, perform 1,500 surgeries each year. The rehabilitation begins with physical therapy, and any necessary prosthetics. And it doesn’t stop there: HRDC has community-based rehabilitation services that follow up with children in their villages and teach their families how to care for them. Three satellite surgical centers extend the hospital’s reach throughout the country so that simple injuries can be treated closer to home.