Early photography from the Solomon Islands (1870s-1920s)

Portrait of a chief wearing a large kapkap on the forehead (ca. 1920). Image courtesy of Galerie Meyer.

Portrait of a chief wearing a large kapkap on the forehead (ca. 1920). Image courtesy of Galerie Meyer.

Anthony Meyer (from the Parisian Galerie Meyer) recently presented a very interesting catalogue documenting a large group of amazing field-photos made in the Solomon Islands between 1870 and 1920. It’s written by Allison Huetz and available for free here.

"Skull ceremony on beach of Vella Lavella after raid on Savo" (1921). Image courtesy of Galerie Meyer.

“Skull ceremony on beach of Vella Lavella after raid on Savo” (1921). Image courtesy of Galerie Meyer.