Dennis Lau presents Borneo People: A Photographic Journey, a rare exhibition of Sarawak’s native people, photographed by a man granted an unusual insight into the indigenous communities.
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Lau, a Sarawakian of mixed Chinese-Melanau descent, has worked as a photographer and ethnographic photographer documenting the changes and upheavals facing Sarawak's native peoples in a time of rapid social change. A teacher by trade, Lau would take extended field trips into the areas of the native people as part of his own passion project – and was welcomed into the heart of the communities, with local knowledge and language skills allowing him the kind of access to the subject that only insiders are able to get.
Lau's photographs clearly demonstrate the deep respect and high regard that he feels for Borneo's indigenous people. In Borneo People: A Photographic Journey, he revisits his homeland to capture his fellow Sabahans and Sarawakians in a range of black and white photographs concentrating mainly on the indigenous peoples of these two states.
Photo credit: Dennis Lau