Martin and Osa Johnson photo exhibition heads to Vanuatu

Residents and visitors in Port Vila will be able to view photos that captured the lifestyles of the people of Vanuatu in the early 1900’s.

The photographic exhibition of travel photographers and film producers, Martin and Osa Johnson will be held on Thursday 18, July 2019 at the National Archives Building.

The exhibition is called; ‘Re-Encountering Ancestors: Martin and Osa Johnson’s 1917 and 1919 Photographs Return to Vanuatu’

The event is being organised by the Vanuatu National Museum and the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum of Chanute, Kansas, USA.

Martin and Osa Johnson were among the first photographers to document people and custom in Vanuatu.

They were also the first to document island life using motion picture cameras.

Their photographs capture the faces of island ancestors and important island custom from one hundred years ago.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the names of Martin and Osa Johnson were synonymous with African safaris or adventures in the South Seas. 



Photo supplied Caption: Martin and Osa Johnson with early ni-Vanuatu residents of Malekula Island



Tensly Sumbe