the mentawai of indonesia
Guy Needham is a travel photographer whose work primarily focuses on cultures, drawing on themes of identity and place.
His images have appeared in National Geographic Creative, National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, AFAR, CNN.com and International Traveler as well as being used by Tourism Australia, Papua New Guinea Tourism and Vanuatu Tourism. He has exhibited in London, New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Zagreb and here in New Zealand and is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and the World Photographic Organisation.
The Mentawai people live in an island group 150km off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Considered one of the planet's most ancient tribes, today they are still found deep in the island jungle. The Mentawai have a unique culture with their own language. Most of the older villagers are decorated with tattoos and Mentawai women are known for their sharpened teeth. The men are expert hunters, to this day still using arrows tipped with poison made from the forest. Discussing the creative decisions around the exhibition, Guy explains "This exhibition is a testament to their simple way of life and pure sense of self. The monochrome images use contrast in a wider sense, echoing the differences between their uncluttered lives and ours."
We are producing a series of A1 and A0 Ilford GALERIE Smooth Pearl 310gsm black and white prints for Guy's exhibition, the first is shown above.
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