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Rediscovering Melanesian portraits from the 1920s

Rediscovering Melanesian portraits from the 1920s

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:18 AEST

A few years ago, the American photographer Michele Westmorland was given a book written by the late portrait painter Caroline Mytinger about her four year painting expedition to Melanesia in the 1920s.

She set out to find Mytinger's portraits and found them boxed up at the University of California.

80 years on, Michele Westmorland teamed up with Papua New Guinean portrait painter Jeffry Feeger to shed new light on Mytinger's work, and the insights it displays into the culture and traditions of the time.

Presenter: Isabelle Genoux

Speaker: Michele Westmorland, American photographer; Jeffrey Feeger, PNG artist;

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