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.


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.


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.


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.


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


And a number of great photographs.



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