Life through their eyes Vanuatu’s best photographers.
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.