Man as art: New Guinea body decoration



Photographer Malcolm Kirk first traveled to Papua New Guinea in 1967, sponsored by National Geographic. The trip proved to be the beginning of a love affair with the country to which he returned repeatedly over the next 13 years, returning each time with more and more incredibly beautiful photographs of the tribe’s people he encountered.


The book ‘Man As Art: New Guinea’ documents the stunning body art, tribal decoration, colored masks and feather headdresses the people had devised and Kirk encountered. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful portraiture studies in photography. In times where the value of tribal knowledge, art, and ways of living are again appreciated, this is one of the most iconic works to look back at. It it as relevant and interesting today as it was 40 years ago.