Author(s): DuPont Stephen
A close look inside today's gang life in Papua New Guinea, one of the most dangerous places in the world. Despite its beautiful surroundings of lush rainforests and mountain ranges, the city of Port Moresby is not a welcoming and hospitable environment as urban settlements and a general lack of law and order have led to intertribal warfare. Dupont bravely captured the faces and lifestyle of the oldest gang in the country. He has gone into territory one can only imagine in its horrors and ruthlessness and proves that the law of the jungle still reigns supreme.
"In 2004, the photographer Stephen Dupont infiltrated this dystopian underworld and convinced its inhabitants to pose with their weapons. Newly collected in 'Raskols' (powerHouse Books, $30), his unmoralizing portraits are both visually striking and emotionally disturbing: some raskols are only children, others bear horrific scars."
-"New York Times, T Magazine
""Dupont's disturbing and powerful polaroids of latter-day outlaws are fittingly reminiscent of the wild west era daguerreotype portraits of more than a century ago."
Stephen Dupont is an Australian photographer and filmmaker who primarily photographs fragile cultures and marginalized peoples. Recipient of the 2007 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and the 2010 Gardner Fellowship at Harvard's Peabody Museum for his work on Papua New Guinea, his photographs and handmade artist books are in the Collections of The Library Of Congress, The New York Public Library, and the National Gallery of Australia, among others. He is a member of the New York-based agency Contact Press Images and the Brooklyn Artists Alliance and lives with his family in Austinmer, Australia.
Ben Bohane is an Australian photojournalist, television producer, and author. For more than 20 years he has covered religion and war throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has worked for many of the world's major media outlets including "Vanity Fair," "Time," "French GEO," and a variety of Australian publications and broadcasters. Since 1994 he has specialized in the Pacific Islands, documenting Kastom, cargo cults, and other religious movements in Melanesia.