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Winner of the 2021 Photobook of The YearAperture Foundation, Paris Photo Photobook Award

Finalist–Independent CategoryLucie Foundation Photobook Prize 2021

TIME 20 Photobook of The Year 2021

By Muhammad Fadli, Written by Fatris MF
Text Editor/Additional Research: Cristian Rahadiansyah, James Louie
Photo Editor: Yoppy Pieter, Muhammad Fadli
Translator: Nina Hidayat, Eka Nickmatulhuda
Proofreader: Astri Apriyani, Rose Hodge
Production Assistant: Atikah Azata Amani
Book Concept and Design: Laras Koesoemo, Jordan Marzuki
Product Photo: Prayogo Yoedo

/ 2021 / 240 Pages / Bahasa Indonesia, English / Softbound, Swiss Binding with exposed spine interior /
24cm x 16,5cm / ISBN 9781735452104

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The Banda Journal highlights the legacy of centuries-long colonization and exploitation in the remote Indonesian Banda Islands. An archipelago comprises of twelve small islands surrounded by vast sea, Banda was the setting of some earliest European ventures in Asia and played a key role in global economic history. It is because Banda was once the world's only source of the highly prized nutmeg, an aromatic spice functioned as preservative and believed as cure for various illnesses in the Middle Ages. The race for the valuable spices sent the Portuguese navigating the Cape of Good Hope, led Christopher Columbus' discovery of America, and saw the birth of the world's first multinational trading company: the Dutch East India Company. In Banda, like in many other places, the spice race resulted in the islanders’ misery. And these days, Banda Islands is nothing more than just a backwater.

From 2014 to 2017, photographer Muhammad Fadli and writer Fatris MF documented stories from the Banda Islands through a repeated visits and stays. The result is a book filled with photographs combined with writing, hoping to give an insightful view from various facets of life on the islands, its past and its present state.



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