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Hugo Bernatzik (1897-1953) is well known among anthropologists and ethnographers. His photography from the 1930s taken during research trips abroad provide an unfiltered view of various native populations in the South Pacific and has rarely been seen or published. The people, cultures, and customs of the South Pacific islands would all be dramatically altered in the decade after Bernatzik's visits, as World War II spread over the region. Bernatzik's photos provide the last uncorrupted images of most of the cultures affected, from Bali to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
About the Author
Kevin Conru is an ethnographer who established the Tribal, Antiquities, and Islamic departments at Bonhams Auctioneers. Hugo A. Bernatzik was a travel writer, photographer, and one of the most famous scholars of ethnology in the German-speaking world prior to World War II. He traveled widely in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania and New Guinea during the 1930s. He became a professor at the University of Graz in 1939, where he founded the discipline of applied ethnology. His career ended abruptly when war broke out. Among his English-language works published are The Dark Continent: Africa, the Landscape and the People and Sudsee: Travels in the South Seas.