Beautiful black-and-white portraits of Papua New Guinea's most fearsome gangsters, brigands, thieves, and carjackers posing with their arsenal of homemade guns and knives.
Stephen Dupontis an Australian photographer and filmmaker who primarily photographs fragile cultures and marginalized peoples. Recipient of the 2007 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and the 2010 Gardner Fellowship at Harvard's Peabody Museum for his work on Papua New Guinea, his photographs and handmade artist books are in the Collections of The Library Of Congress, The New York Public Library, and the National Gallery of Australia, among others. He is a member of the New York-based agency Contact Press Images and the Brooklyn Artists Alliance and lives with his family in Austinmer, Australia. Ben Bohaneis an Australian photojournalist, television producer, and author. For more than 20 years he has covered religion and war throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He has worked for many of the world's major media outlets including Vanity Fair, Time, French GEO, and a variety of Australian publications and broadcasters. Since 1994 he has specialized in the Pacific Islands, documenting Kastom, cargo cults, and other religious movements in Melanesia.
"In 2004, the photographer Stephen Dupont infiltrated this
dystopian underworld and convinced its inhabitants to pose with
their weapons. Newly collected in 'Raskols' (powerHouse Books,
$30), his unmoralizing portraits are both visually striking and
emotionally disturbing: some raskols are only children, others bear
-New York Times, T Magazine "Dupont's disturbing and powerful polaroids of latter-day outlaws are fittingly reminiscent of the wild west era daguerreotype portraits of more than a century ago."