Crave chooses Stephen Dupont: Piksa Niugini Portraits and Diaries (Radius Books, 2013) as one of the best photobooks of the 21st Century.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the last wild frontiers left on earth, first inhabited some 50-70,000 years ago. Home to 6.3 million people, PNG is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world with 848 languages on record. Stephen Dupont’s photographs reveal a people and a place on the brink of detribalization, a final glimpse into a way of living that has existed for dozens of millennia and may one day simply disappear.
Stephen Dupont: Piksa Niugini Portraits & Diaries has been selected as the winner at the 57th Annual New England Book Show in the Illustrated Books category. This project records noted Australian photographer Stephen Dupont’s journey through some of Papua New Guinea’s most important cultural and historical zones. Dupont’s work has earned many awards, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, the Australian Walkleys, and Leica/CCP Documentary Award.
The New England Book Show is an annual juried show that recognizes the year’s most outstanding work by New England publishers, printers and graphic designers. Winning books are selected for their design, quality of materials, and workmanship.