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Marc Dozier June 5, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Papua New Guinea.
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Fabien and Kapuela Preparing for Celebration. Papua New Guinea

34 year old French photojournalist Marc Dozier has been a photo reporter for ten years with the French travel magazine Grands Reportages. After studying literature in his hometown of Grenoble, Marc continued to study graphic arts in Paris and at an unlikely institution: the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. Every year since 1996 Marc spends several months renewing friendships with his “Papuan brothers”. In 2003, Marc invited two Papua New Guinean friends Mudeya and Polobi on a grand tour of France. This hilarious account, a photographic journal “Le long-long voyage” was published in April 2007. The previous year, with the support of Bonne Pioche production house, Marc received his Papuan friends for a brand new adventure shot in a 100 minute documentary, called the “The Reverse Exploration” co-written by Jean-Marie Barrère. Marc plans to organize more photography trips to Papua New Guinea and eventually publish a book about that country.

About the Photograph:

“After ten days of being stuck in a small hut, sheltered from tropical storms, the sun finally came back. It was right on time for this special occasion that had me coming to this place. In July – only when harvests have been good – the Trobriand islands’ tribes of Papua New Guinea organize a big festival to celebrate nature and mankind’s fertility. For more than a century, missionaries have had a strong influence on their culture and converted the whole community to Christianity. They have been trying for decades to ban this famous celebration known as “Milamala” where young teenagers, of both sex, gather together with their parent’s approval. The first morning, everybody got very excited in the village Kanobasi. Inside the hut, Fabien Tolosi and Kapuela Botaya started to get their body decoration ready for “Wosi Mwaya”. During this traditional dance, boys try and seduce girls. Sitting next to the dancers, I started to shoot them when I noticed something odd hanging on the hut’s wall: a picture of Pope John-Paul ll (upper-right corner) who looked in disarray. I could not help but smile and think that traditions are still stronger than new religions.”


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