The Jakarta Post’s first photojournalist, the late Alex Lumy, once had an opportunity he could not refuse: documenting the visit of a foreign state leader up close, from arrival to departure.
In 1983, Alex had the chance to photograph a state meeting between Japan’s then prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Indonesia’s then president Soeharto.
Nakasone’s visit and his meeting with president Soeharto in late April to early May 1983 led to one of the first collections stored in the Post’s photo library.
Alex’s documentation of Nakasone and Soeharto was pivotal because it laid the foundations for visual journalism for the Post, which was at the time only about a week old.
Alex photographed Nakasone’s arrival at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in East Jakarta, the state dinner at the State Palace and the moments before the prime minister left the palace. The photo series left audiences with a sense of personality and intimacy.
Nakasone is now 98 years old while Soeharto passed away in January 2008.
The Post has presented Alex’s photo series of Nakasone and Soeharto ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Indonesia, scheduled for Jan. 15, to meet President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
The photo series serves to remind readers of the longtime friendly relations between the two countries. [evi]