Draft Introduction

So, over the last couple of months, I’ve been working with the idea of writing a history of photography in Indonesia (or really Java).  My idea is to do a comprehensive survey, that starts with the Dutch colonial government, goes through independence, the New Order, and finishing with a look at the emerging trends and … More Draft Introduction

Kering (Drought)

I just finished reading Kering (or translated at Drought) by Iwan Simatupang.  It’s part of the wonderful series of books published by the Lontar Foundation in Jakarta, the Modern Library of Indonesia. It’s a very strange and compelling book. In his opinion, normal man was to blame for every disharmony in the world.  The normal man allowed the devil … More Kering (Drought)

30 September 1965

Fifty years ago, a major coup took place in Indonesia, putting Suharto in power as president of the nation, and instigating a mass slaughter of suspected communists.  It was an important – and too often under acknowledged – part of Indonesian and global history. It’s really been since the fall of Suharto in 1998 that … More 30 September 1965

Amran Malik Hakim

So again, while I continue to look for funding so that I can return to Java, I also find ways to continue to build the connections I need to pull this project together, including connections with a couple of new photographers. With the help of Tino Djumini, I’ve recently met Amran Malik Hakim. A recent graduate of … More Amran Malik Hakim

Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri (Aumdayu)

It’s been a while, too long really, since I posted anything here.  Realistically, in a way these projects documented here are on hold, though I have been moving them forward – working on grant writing, lecturing at the Cornell/Yale Indonesian Studies Conference, and finding venues for this exhibition. It’s been about a year since I … More Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri (Aumdayu)