Life through their eyes Van­u­atu’s best pho­tog­ra­phers.

Through enor­mous

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Van­u­atu may be a small is­land coun­try, but it is def­i­nitely not small in tal­ent. For the past four years, Isla nd Life had the priv­i­lege to work with the best pho­tog­ra­phers

in Vanua tu. This is our trib­ute to them and their in­valu­able work and legacy.

RAMSI troops in the Solomon Is­lands in 2003. He has the largest con­tem­po­rary photo ar­chive of the South Pa­cific in the world. His pho­to­graphs are col­lected by the New York Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art, the Bri­tish Mu­seum and the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial, as well as be­ing held in pri­vate col­lec­tions. His work has ap­peared in Van­ity Fair, Time, Newsweek, Stern (Ger­many), Mon­o­cle, The Guardian (UK), French Geo, Asahi Shim­bun ( Ja­pan) and many pub­li­ca­tions in Aus­tralia. Ben has also done news sto­ries and doc­u­men­taries shown on ABC & SBS TV Aus­tralia, BBC, F24 (France), ARD (Ger­many) and NHK ( Ja­pan). In 2003 he pub­lished “Fol­low the Morn­ing Star” doc­u­ment­ing the for­got­ten strug­gle for in­de­pen­dence in West Pa­pua. His book “The Black Is­lands—spirit and War in Me­lane­sia” has been pub­lished by Waka Press, while the ex­hi­bi­tion is tour­ing widely. He is on the ad­vi­sory coun­cil for the Pa­cific In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Pol­icy, the main in­de­pen­dent think tank for the Pa­cific and is one of the founders of the Aus­tralian photo col­lec­tive De­gree South to­gether with Tim Page. www.wakapho­tos.com. Pre­vi­ous page: OPM guerilla from Cen­tral Com­mand stands against a moun­tain back­drop, Nduga high­lands, West Pa­pua / In­done­sia, 1995, by Ben Bo­hane. This page: A Pa­puan boy wears a pearl-lug­ger head­dress, used in kas­tom dances re­mem­ber­ing the pearling days of the early 20th cen­tury. PNG 2006, by Ben Bo­hane.

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