Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925. ATELIER "DE FAMORA", PHOTOGRAPHER.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.
Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.

Album of photographs documenting the banana trade in East Java, 1925.

Java. (circa 1925). Stock ID #173974

12 full page glossy black and white studio photographs each approx. 17 x 12cm handsomely mounted on thick card leaves, eight stamped in white "Photo Atelier De Famora, Boanjoewangi. (Java)", the remainder blind stamped "De Famora", the leaves sewn into in a custom made album 21.9 x 28cm, waxed cloth covered boards, scuffed and stained, the pastedowns spotted, slight spotting to two of the images, but the whole in very good order.

A remarkable suite of photographs. Little is known of the De Famora studio, by whom the album was likely prepared for presentation. The vivid images, several revealing an eye for artistic composition, record the harvest and transport of bananas in the busy coastal port of Banjoewangi (now Banyuwangi) in the then Dutch East Indies. The first photograph, a still life of green bananas is captioned "P. ambon poetik of t. wel (?) P. ambon biasa. Koesno V.P. 14/7/1925". referring to Pisang ambon, the type of banana commonly available in Indonesia. The contrast between the artistic still life and the images of work: in the harvest shed with dozens of workers, the queue of wagons transporting bananas and of rail carriages lining up, reveal this as an album documenting the prosperous trade of the Dutch colonists. The photographer uses an established idiom for this type of album: almost turning the image of the factory's interior into a studio "where [its] idiomatic nature as quasi-document of the colonial industry was to celebrate the success of the colony's industrialisation." (see Alexander Supartono "Colonial Machine: the image of industry" pp. 57-59 in Gael Newton, Garden of the East: photography in Indonesia1850s-1940s.)

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