IPPHOS Remastered

The other day, I went to a lecture at IVAA, the Indonesian Visual Arts Archive in Yogya.  It was a lecture about IPPHOS, Indonesian Press Photo Services.

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Founded in 1945 by brothers Alex and Frans Mendur, with two offices in Yogyakarta and Jakarta, the agency documented the emerging nation of Indonesia for five years.

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Their archive of photographs has remained largely unknown.  Recently, Yudhi Soeryoatmodjo, curator at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara in Jakarta, edited a new publication of these photographs, IPPHOS Remastered.

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The agency had unprecedented access to meetings and developments happening across the archipelago while the Nationalist movement developed, and provide a unique glimpse into Indonesian identity.

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The pictures have a pervasive presence across Indonesia, showing both the political and every day life.

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The goal of the agency was to show a modern, emerging Indonesia, a nation of tolerance and inclusivity.

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And a number of great photographs.

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