Image: Man in mourning, Kaimare village, Gulf Province, PNG
Man in mourning, Kaimare village, Gulf Province, PNG. October 1922. V4806
Hurley was fascinated by the dress and ornaments of different parts of Papua, and photographed people wearing them in stiff, studio-like poses.
This Kaimare man has covered his skin with clay and wears woven string bands across his chest as a sign of mourning.
- Frank Hurley
- © Courtesy of the Australian Museum
- Kaimare village, Gulf Province, PNG
From the Frank Hurley Photograph Collection, a large collection of glass plates created by professional photographer and film maker Frank Hurley during two expeditions to Papua New Guinea and Torres Strait from 1921 to 1923. Famous for his Antarctic photography, Hurley here documents people, houses, artefacts, mountain scenes and mission stations in Milne Bay, Oro, Central, Gulf and Western Provinces of Papua New Guinea and across the Torres Strait.