Bernatzik. Southeast Asia

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The final volume in the three part Hugo Bernatzik series explores the Austrian photographer's work undertaken in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, during a time when he was at the height of his powers, both technically, artistically, and from an anthropological perspective.

These are Bernatzik's photographs of the peoples of Southeast Asia (including the island of Bali and Malabar, India). The principle regions covered are Burma, Siam, Cambodia and Annam. As with the other books in this series, a strong case could be made that these portraits of a long-lost times are more 'Art' than 'Ethnography', but however these photos are viewed, there is a profound sense of time and place which cannot help capture the imagination.


Kevin Conru is the coauthor of Bernatzik: South Africa and The Art of Southeast Africa. He started the tribal art and antiquities departments at Bonhams Auctioneers. 

Jacques Ivanoff is the author of Moken: Sea-Gypsies of the Andaman SeaThe Moken Boat Symbolic Technology, and Rings of Coral: Moken Folktales

Alison Nordstrom is the executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

Christina Thomas is a translator for international and European organizations. 

Hugo A. Bernatzik was a travel writer, photographer, and one of the most famous scholars of ethnology in the German-speaking world prior to World War II. He became a professor at the University of Graz in 1939, where he founded the discipline of applied ethnology. Among his published English-language works are The Dark Continent: Africa, the Landscape and the People and Sudsee: Travels in the South Seas.

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