Tony Makepeace

Every year or so, for more than fifteen years, Tony Makepeace has been photographing the residents of a small village in a remote agricultural district in eastern Nepal. The opportunity came through his involvement with a small Canadian volunteer organization that helps to fund and manage a series of development programs in the district. 
Getting to the region takes some effort—a brief domestic flight, a six-hour drive and then an eight-hour walk through the steep Himalayan foothills—and in many ways, it is like stepping 200 years into the past.
Tony’s photographic work in the community is primarily historical and anthropological in nature, recording at given points in time the everyday lives of people who live their lives in a particular place. “If I am successful,” says Tony, “it is an admittedly subjective record of a way of life that I am observing as an outsider to the culture.”
But as land-based, traditional cultures throughout the world are ever more rapidly being drawn into modernity and the trappings of Western consumer-based economies, Tony hopes that this project will serve as a valuable historical portrait for the future, when the uniqueness of their traditions and way of life have vanished inexorably into the past.

I’m a sessional digital media/photography professor with faculty appointments at Sheridan Institute and George Brown College in Toronto, Canada.
I provide photography, web development, and qtvr/panorama production for a small roster of corporate & editorial clients. I’ve also contributed portfolios and essays to View Camera, PhotoLife, PhotoEd, LensWork, Outpost, and Utne Reader. I’ve done graduate research into e-learning, and I’m involved in field research into fog collection for high altitude communities in developing countries.