A recent correspondence with Gael Newton at the National Gallery of Australia turned me onto what looks like a wonderful exhibition and publication called Picture Paradise: Asia-Pacific Photography 1840’s-1940’s.
The website for the exhibition is fabulous, includes lots of wonderful photographs, and also a nice introductory essay by Ms. Newton (I plan getting the book soon). There are also links to different photographs and collections held by the museum, among them this wonderful Woodbury and Page photograph of Javanese Serimpies dancers, as well as the Leo Haks collection of photographs held at the gallery.
Apparently, Ms. Newton is now organizing an exhibition based on the Leo Haks collection at the National Gallery, a survey of early photograph in Indonesia. Think I might just have to make a trip to Canberra.