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Jakarta Post

Taking Sumba by surprise

  • Maren Hoepfner


Jakarta   /   Thu, March 4 2010   /  12:27 pm

Sometimes it’s worth looking up. A glance at the ceiling of the exhibition “Surprenante Sumba” reveals a surprise indeed – a picture of Sumba locals leaning over the edge of a well to where the photographer André Graff was standing when he took the photo, giving visitors the impression they’re at the bottom of the well too.Lively and colorful photographs adorning the walls of the Centre Culturel Francais (CCF) depict the people of Sumba in their everyday activities. Women working away in the fields, girls practicing a traditional dance or a boy leading his horse through water – all these scenes show how the local people live and feel on the island.André Graff visited Indonesia for the first time in 2004. He wanted to take pictures of the local people without disturbing them. “That is why I told them I would send the pictures back to them, so they could have them too,...