The Jakarta Post
One hundred unpublished works by the photojournalists of national publication Kompas are being exhibited from Feb. 7-12 at the Bentara Budaya cultural center in Palmerah, South Jakarta.
The exhibition is a part of the Kompas Photography Festival (Festival Fotografi Kompas), which marks Kompas' first showing its own photojournalists’ works. The 100 chosen photos were taken from the book Unpublished ( 2014 ), which comprises works by 22 Kompas photojournalists.
Wisnu Widiantoro, head of the festival, stated that the event was being held to show works that could not previously be shown to the public due to certain restrictions. Among the works were images that showed blood and violence, as well as works that Wisnu referred to as “graphically interesting, but unattractive as news”. “We want to show the public that we, too, have these kind of photos,” Wisnu told The Jakarta Post at the event’s opening, Feb. 6.
Various topics are featured in the Unpublished exhibition, including sports, arts and culture, as well as disasters and riots. Curator Jay Subiyakto has highlighted an image by Eddy Hasby that did not make the paper. “Because the regulations don’t allow newspaper publications to publish pictures with blood, a foreign photographer became famous for a similar image, instead of Eddy,” Jay said.
One part of the exhibition features 20 analog works by two senior photojournalists who have since passed away, Kartono Ryadi and Julian Sihombing. Among the displayed works is Kartono’s photograph of a porpoise birth in Ancol, a work that was granted the World Press Photo award in 1980. There are also works by Julian Sihombing, who was known for his 1998 riot photography, as well as sports photographs.
The festival also features discussions, workshops, photography contests and masterclasses. A discussion of the book Unpublished will be conducted on Feb. 11 with the book’s curators, as well as Kompas' photo desk head Danu Kusowro. There will also be a discussion on Kompas' photo archive with head of the digitization project Johnny TG, as well as a small discussion with renowned photographer Arbain Rambey. Registration and event details can be found on the event’s official website foto.kompas.id. (asw)