Vanishing Faces, Disappearing Places: Indonesia

The current pace of development around the world has brought widespread concern about a loss of diversity in nature and the need to protect endangered species. But the changes brought by the forces of globalization, industrialization and urbanization affect not only animals and plants. Cultures that have been in existence for thousands of years are also at risk. Increasingly, indigenous people are leaving their ancestral homelands for barrios, shantytowns and lost cities, either forced out by rapid development or lured by the promise of a better life. In the process, they are leaving behind local languages and customs, succumbing to the pressure to conform to a world that is becoming more homogenous.

Vanishing Faces, Disappearing Places features some of the world’s most remote and most distinct societies that are threatened by the encroachment of technology and industry. This book is a warning: a challenge to reflect on the price we pay for progress and whether the potential losses are justified by the gains. Some of these images were taken in regions where isolation will no longer protect ancient customs. Others capture groups caught between old ways and new, showing the turmoil brought when modern society dislocates the local population. All strive to convey both the hardship and triumph of their lives.

— Larry Louie

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