Lissengung Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea <br />
This mask was carved by Fabian Pano, a master carver of Malagan ceremonial masks. <br />
Fabian learned this craft from his father who learned from the generations before him. These masks used to be ritualistically burned after a ceremony but there are so few carvers left the masks are now preserved and collected, often by tourists.<br />
I like to photograph people with something that has particular importance to them. Once I asked a Tibetan man if I could photograph him with his wife.<br />
“My wife?! I want to be photographed with my pig,” he told me. Since then I’ve never made assumptions of what has exceptional meaning to someone else.

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Lissengung Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
This mask was carved by Fabian Pano, a master carver of Malagan ceremonial masks.
Fabian learned this craft from his father who learned from the generations before him. These masks used to be ritualistically burned after a ceremony but there are so few carvers left the masks are now preserved and collected, often by tourists.
I like to photograph people with something that has particular importance to them. Once I asked a...
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  • Date: 1 Jun 2010
  • Location: Papua New Guinea
  • Filename: Wright_069.jpg
  • Image size: 1400x931 pixels