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IDENTITY CRISIS: Reflections on Public and Private Life in Contemporary Javanese Photography by Brian Arnold

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Working with a grant from the American Institute for Indonesian Studies, Brian traveled Java teaching and lecturing on photography at a variety of institutions and universities. In doing so, he engaged the developing ideas and patterns on photography emerging in the Javanese art schools and markets. The resulting book focuses on a group of artists and photographers addressing issues of personal or cultural identity, questioning or examining the forces that shape each of the individual photographers and the communities they represent, while also looking at the emergence and discourse of art photography in Java today.

Featuring work by a number of important photographers and artists working around the island including Krisna Murti, Wimo Ambala Bayang, Jim Allen Abel, Angki Purbandono, Dito Yuwono, Deden Durahman, Henrycus Napit Sunargo, Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri, Amran Malik Hakim, and Tino Djumini as well as historical photographs from the collections at the National Gallery of Art in Australia, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Cornell University, the book offers a unique perspective on the emerging trends of fine art photography across Java.

Brian Arnold is a photographer, writer, and musician based in Ithaca, NY. Brian first traveled to Indonesia 1992 on a college study abroad program and has continued to study Indonesian music and art since. Brian has taught and lectured on photography in Indonesia, Australia, China, Italy, France, and around the United States. His photographs are included in a number of important public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Eastman Museum of Photography, Light Work, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Softcover with plastic dust jacket
24.5 cm x 27.5 cm (portrait)
134 pages
Serial Numbered
February 2017
Afterhours Books