They Only Eat Witches, Don't They?
A Photographic journey among the Korowai and Kombai of West Papua.
by Photographs by Grenville Charles
A photographic journey among the Korowai & Kombai tribes of the remote West Papuan jungle.
British photographer Grenville Charles has captured an intimate portrait of these extraordinary people, living as they do, in tree houses high in the lowland jungles of West Papua.
Grenville is a freelance photographer based in the north of England. His work is varied including work for the BBC and film stills for feature films such as Hush, The Reeds and Splintered. He studied at Plymouth college of Art & Design in 1986 and later at Central St Martins College in London. Some of his fine art work utilizes his printmaking skills in combination with his photography. He has a passion for tribal cultures. This led him to travel to Asia where he photographed the Vietnam Hill Tribes of the central highlands. A year later he traveled to the remote jungles of West Papua to document the Korowai and Mek tribes and most recently the Kombai and Asmat. He was shortlisted in 2004 and was the runner up in 2008 for the Wanderlust Travel Photographer of the Year. In 2008 he was one of only 22 photographers selected from international applicants to participate in a 5 day Magnum Workshop. He has exhibited at The Photographers Gallery, London.and the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.
They Only Eat Witches, Don't They? Published October 06, 2009