Photography Cinema

Rony Zakaria: Pantura

Image Maker
Rony Zakaria
A photographer based
 in Indonesia, ZAKARIA studied photography at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara and Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. His work focuses on how historical, socio-cultural and religious underpinnings of daily life shape his native Indonesia. Zakaria has two monographs: Encounters (2013) and Men, Mountains & the Sea (2019).
Place of Origin


Rony Zakaria journeys down De Grote Postweg (The Great Post Road) from Anyer to Panarukan –– encountering, experiencing, collecting. What is called Jalan Pantai Utara today –– or Pantura for short –– was constructed in the early 19th century across five provinces in Java under the direction of the Dutch Governor General Herman Willem Daendels. The road remains a vital transportation artery. Pantura gives as much as it takes, shaping the communities it runs through. Zakaria, with and through his photography, follows the people and dimensions of class, ethnicity and religion that inhabit it.

Text by Wei Leng TAY

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