Collection PHOTO 106 - Kal Muller Photographs of West Papua

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AU PMB PHOTO 106

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Kal Muller Photographs of West Papua

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  • 1980s-1990s (Creation)

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500 slides scanned to digital

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(1939-)

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Kal Muller, documentary film maker, photographer, writer, tribal art dealer and world traveller, was born in Budapest, Hungary and later on moved to the U.S.A., where he studied his doctorate on French literature at the University of Arizona. During most of his life, Kal’s focus has been on traditional societies. In 1965 he set out on an extended sailing trip across the Pacific, ending up in the New Hebrides, now Vanuatu. Later, he travelled extensively throughout Mexico. However, for the past 37 years, Dr. Muller has spent most of his time traveling and living in Indonesia, writing about and photographing this endless archipelago, specializing in Papua for the past decade. He has made several documentary films and published over a dozen books, which he wrote, as well as taking the photos required, such as The South Coast of Papua. He has also written numerous magazine articles published in Europe, the USA, Mexico and Asia.

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Kal Muller, documentary film maker, photographer, writer, tribal art dealer and world traveller, was born in Budapest, Hungary and later on moved to the U.S.A., where he studied his doctorate on French literature at the University of Arizona. For the past 37 years, Dr. Muller has spent most of his time traveling and living in Indonesia, writing about and photographing this endless archipelago, specializing in Papua for the past decade.

This collection of slides is composed of photographs taken in several trips through West Papua or West New Guinea made by the author since late 1980s. From north to south, from the shores of the surrounding smaller islands, like Numfor and Biak, to the glaciers at the highlands of Puncak Jaya, Kal Muller has photographed people, activities, performances, art and landscape from this vast region of Melanesia. This collection portrays Dani, Lani, Asmat, Moni, Wano, Biak, Korowai, Kamoro people and lives.

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Pacific Research Archives, Australian National University

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Pacific Manuscripts Bureau

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Individual item titles are taken from Kal Muller's handwritten captions on slide mounts. In the absence of captions on slide mounts, captions were supplied by Muller in 2019. These captions are indicated in square brackets [ ]. See the attached Finding Aid for extended captions provided by Muller.

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This is part of ANUA 672 held in the Pacific Research Archive, Australian National University.

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Further information about the slides maps of places featured in this collection can be found in Müller, Kal. & Pickell, David. & Suyenaga, Joan. (2001). Indonesian New Guinea : West Papua/Irian Jaya. [Singapore] : North Clarendon, VT : Periplus ; Tuttle Pub. [distributor]

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