Indonésie 1949 par HCB

Henri Cartier-Bresson was in Indonesia in 1949, in time to witness the transition from Dutch control to the Indonesian Republic. Some of the pictures were featured in a Life magazine issue in 1950. I was lucky to see an exhibition of these photos in Jakarta several years ago.
Exhibition books, the right one from Jakarta, Oct 2002, the left from Paris, March 2014. By pure luck I had the chance to see these two exhibitions. A twice in a lifetime chance, I suppose.

Exhibition books, the right one from Jakarta, Oct 2002, the left from Paris, March 2014. By pure luck I had the chance to see these two exhibitions. A twice in a lifetime chance, I suppose.

INDONESIA. Bali. Village of Batubulan. Barong dance. 1949. The "Kris dancers" in a trance, they are doing the self-stabbing with kris, ngurek. From Magnum Photos.

INDONESIA. Bali. Village of Batubulan. Barong dance. 1949. The "Kris dancers" in a trance, they are doing the self-stabbing with kris, ngurek. From Magnum Photos.

INDONESIA. Independence. 1949. The harbor of Tanjong Priok. Dutch soldiers leaving for home. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Independence. 1949. The harbor of Tanjong Priok. Dutch soldiers leaving for home. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Jakarta. Independence. 1949. The day before Independence, three hundred portraits of Dutch governors being moved out of the Governor's residence (later known as Istana Merdeka or Palace of Freedom). From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Jakarta. Independence. 1949. The day before Independence, three hundred portraits of Dutch governors being moved out of the Governor's residence (later known as Istana Merdeka or Palace of Freedom). From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Jakarta. Independence. 1949. Transfer ceremonies. From Magnum Photos website. I think this is in front of the Merdeka (independence) palace, formerly the governor general's palace.

INDONESIA. Jakarta. Independence. 1949. Transfer ceremonies. From Magnum Photos website. I think this is in front of the Merdeka (independence) palace, formerly the governor general's palace.

INDONESIA. Java. Jakarta. 1949. Independance celebration. Army parade. On the wooden platform is President SUKARNO. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Java. Jakarta. 1949. Independance celebration. Army parade. On the wooden platform is President SUKARNO. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Jakarta. Independence. 1949. President SUKARNO. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Jakarta. Independence. 1949. President SUKARNO. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. 1949. Indonesian president SUKARNO at home.  The painting behind him depicts young Indonesian insurgents who died fighting the police. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. 1949. Indonesian president SUKARNO at home. The painting behind him depicts young Indonesian insurgents who died fighting the police. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. 1949. A squadron of PNI guerilla fighters coming in from the mountains for a day in town. Some had no shoes but rifles, some rifles, but no shoes. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. 1949. A squadron of PNI guerilla fighters coming in from the mountains for a day in town. Some had no shoes but rifles, some rifles, but no shoes. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Java. Solo. 1949. Dutch transfer. Dutch flag comes down and Republic flag goes up at ceremony in town stadium. From Magnum Photos website.

INDONESIA. Java. Solo. 1949. Dutch transfer. Dutch flag comes down and Republic flag goes up at ceremony in town stadium. From Magnum Photos website.

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