Natives, Kanana Ceremony, New Guinea. Laurence Le Guay, Aust.
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Natives, Kanana Ceremony, New Guinea

c1949/1970s. Silver gelatin photograph, photographer’s estate stamp verso, 36.8 x 29.2cm. Slight foxing to lower portion and minor silvering to right edge of image.

Alternative title New Guinea Couple. This image was included in the touring exhibition The Family of Man, curated by Edward Steichen for MoMA in 1955. Illustrated in Steichen, The Family of Man, 1955, p8. Held in AGNSW; NGA.

Le Guay was commissioned by Sir Edward Hallstrom, millionaire philanthropist and Director of Taronga Park Zoo, to take photographs in New Guinea. He was most likely among the 27 guests, which included artist William Dobell, who were flown by Hallstrom from Australia to Port Moresby and on to his experimental sheep station and bird of paradise sanctuary at Nondugl, in the central highlands of New Guinea in 1949. Ref: National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery; John McDonald, SMH, 3 July 2015.

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Item #CL185-114

Price (AUD): $4,400.00  Other currencies

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