As modern life has encroached on indigenous tribes in the name of scientific research and through land grabs, there are precious few un-contacted communities left in the world. While we can’t return the land and people to being untouched, Indonesian-based, German photographer, Fred Stichnoth hopes that by capturing and sharing the tribes he encounters, it might increase our awareness to preserve these ancient civilisations a little longer.
It was a dream come true when Fred Stichnoth located from his native Germany to the Indonesian Island of Bali. From here he has been able to explore some of the remotest areas in the East Indies and the tribes that call these places home. A home that is fast disappearing, along with their customs, legends, ceremony and regalia.
“Around 1860 photographers began using things like a simple bed sheet to create a neutral background. I followed this old idea so as not to disturb or detract from the main focus of the image.” ~ Fred Stichnoth
Young Woman With Hornbill Headdress, Papua New Guinea, 2016
Growing up, Fred Stichnoth was always drawn to adventure movies set in tropical locations. “I love ancient themes, from Egypt to Indonesia. I’ve spent a long time travelling around the world, being drawn to what is considered taboo,” he says.