Birds of Paradise: Preserving the disappearing tribes of the East Indies through portraiture

Woman With Paradise Birds, Papua New Guinea, 2015
“Around 1860 photographers began using things like a simple bed sheet to create a neutral background. I followed this old idea so as not to disturb or detract from the main focus of the image.” ~ Fred Stichnoth
Young Woman With Hornbill Headdress, Papua New Guinea, 2016
Growing up, Fred Stichnothwas always drawn to adventure movies set in tropical locations. “I love ancient themes, from Egypt to Indonesia. I’ve spent a long time travelling around the world, being drawn to what is considered taboo,” he says. So, it was a dream come true when he located from his native Germany to the Indonesian Island of Bali. From here he has been able to explore some of the remotest areas in the East Indies and the tribes that call these places home. A home that is fast disappearing, along with their customs, legends, ceremony and regalia.

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