CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
at Harvard University presents a new exhibition by award-winning Australian photographer Stephen Dupont. As the Museums 2010 Robert Gardner Photography Fellow, Dupont returned to Papua New Guinea and explored the mountainous Highlands, the serpentine Sepik River and the dangerously gritty capital city, Port Moresby. His photographs and artists journals document tremendous social change caused by globalization, HIV-AIDS, migration, poverty, and new wealth.
In his travels across Papua New Guinealocated north of Australia, on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea Dupont set up temporary outdoor studios and made innovative portrait photographs.
I use white and black bed sheets to create an outdoor studio that not only captures my sitter but also allows me to reveal the audience gathering and the environment around the sheet," says Dupont. "You feel as if you are on the streets of Mt. Hagen or in a Sepik village."
Dupont's portraits, landscapes, and diaries are a journey through Papua New Guinea's villages, cities, mines, valleys, and traditional tribal ceremonies.
Stephen Dupont is a photographer, artist and documentary filmmaker. Over the past two decades, he has produced a remarkable body of visual work; hauntingly beautiful photographs of fragile cultures and marginalized peoples. He skillfully captures the human dignity of his subjects with great intimacy and often in some of the worlds most dangerous regions. His images have received international acclaim for their artistic integrity and valuable insight into some of the peoples, cultures, and communities that are fast disappearing from our world.
Duponts work has earned photographys most prestigious prizes, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation from the Overseas Press Club of America, a Bayeux War Correspondents Prize, and First Place awards in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award.
His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Aperture,Newsweek, Time, GQ, Esquire, Le Figaro, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent, The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine, Stern, and Vanity Fair.
Dupont has held major exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Sydney, Canberra, Tokyo, and Shanghai, and at Perpignans Visa Pour LImage, Chinas Ping Yao and Hollands Noorderlicht festivals.
Duponts handmade photographic artist books and portfolios are in the selected collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, The New York Public Library, Berlin and Munich National Art Libraries, Stanford University, Yale University, and the Boston Athenaeum.