Digital print, Photo
Cloth case, Hand-sewn
12.75 × 10.5 × 2.75 in
CollectionLimited Edition Artists Books
Harvard University, Fine Arts Library
Piksa Nuiginior Picture New Guinea is a collection of portraits taken in 2011 as part of Stephen Dupont’s Gardner Fellowship in Photography at Harvard’s Peabody Museum. The portrait series is broken up into chapters of Kaugere Settlement in Port Moresby, Mt Hagen, the Sing-Sing Festivals of Mt Hagen, Goroka and Wabag, and, Govermas village in the Sepik. Mainly B+W with some color, each portrait was taken on a Polaroid 4×5 Land camera with a mixture of negative and positive film, and Polaroid Type 55. Dupont’s aim was to capture the human spirit of the people of Papua New Guinea (PNG). In a sense, the series is a window inside humanity in one of the world’s last truly wild and unique frontiers. It’s about tribal identity in 2011, and the annual Highland’s Sing-Sing Festivals might be the last cultural showcase of tradition and custom left. His photographs aim to showcase not just the visual anthropology of a race and land, but to highlight the effects of rapid changes taking place on traditional values and cultural identity. In recent times PNG has gone through some of the most significant cultural shifts and changes since early days of colonization.
The fully archival book is 192 pages and printed with Epson pigment inks on Innova 225 gsm 100% cotton-rag paper, then coated with Hahnemuhle spray coating. Hand-stitched section sewn binding with debossed linen front and back covers and black cloth spine. The book comes inside a debossed pressed linen clamshell box and together with a signed editioned gelatin silver print inside debossed pressed linen folder.
Digital print. Custom box. 12.75″ x 10.5″ x 2.75.” 192 pages. Limited edition of 15. 2012.