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Garden of East

Photography in Indonesia 1850 - 1940s

written by Gael Newton

National Gallery of Australia | ISBN 9780642334459

Hardback – 176 pages


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Garden of the East opens the door to a time of change in Indonesia in the century before independence from Dutch colonial interests. It takes the journey from the beginnings of photography in the region in the 1850s, which were driven by colonial interests, to the rise of the self-made Indonesian man and the upheaval before liberation in 1945, painting a portrait of the former Dutch East Indies and it’s eventual end. The period is captured in the work of the earliest photographers travelling from Europe to the ascent of the region’s own photographers, including those indigenous to Indonesia, and the growth of international interests in Indonesia as a destination, as an Eden of sorts, as the Garden of the East.


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