Artist Spotlight: Andri Tambunan, Indonesia

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Andri Tambunan (@andritambunan) is a documentary photographer and multimedia journalist based in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia. He divides his time between commissioned assignments and self-initiated projects focusing on social, environmental, and human rights issues. Andri has worked on environmental campaigns for Greenpeace International and started a multi-platform initiative,  I am Positif, to help end HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination in Papua, Indonesia.

His photographs have been featured in various international publications and selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress Permanent Photography Collection, Washington DC. I have also received recognitions from Pictures of the Year International (POYi) Emerging Vision Incentive, Reminders Project Asian Photographers Grant, PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards, and Open Society Foundation Engagement Audience Grant.”

“Initially, photography started as a medium to preserve a fleeting moment in time. As for self-expression, the camera allows me to connect to the world and convey my thoughts and ideas through pictures. But I realized that photography as a powerful instrument to affect social change. Beyond the act of recording, my aim as a photographer is to tell a story that voices the truth, evokes empathy, and ultimately moves people into action. Having a camera in my hand gives me both a rare privilege and a profound responsibility. Though the act of taking an image is instant, a photograph is capable of making a lasting impact.”

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