JAKARTA Estetika Banal — Erik Prasetya's Stunning Photojournalism


Indonesian Photographer Erik Prasetya is hailed as one of Asia's most influential photographers. In his home country, his work has set a benchmark for aspiring local photojournalists.

What sets Erik apart is his Estetika Banal, which is “the classical aesthetic approach, even saying most photographers possess a middle class aesthetic that leans toward voyeurism or romanticism, if not exoticism — a situation that must be overcome by photographers when shooting in order to get at the “truth.”” This quote is pulled directly from the foreword to Erik's book, JAKARTA Estetika Banal, written by Firman Ichsan.

© Erik Prasetya

The fruit of Erik's labor is called JAKARTA Estetika Banal, which took around 20 years to finish. Featuring Erik's documentation of Jakarta from 1990 to 2010, the book showcases street photography, documentary photography and traditional portraiture, highlighting Eric's incredible photographic eye as the component that unites all the photographic styles.

Estetika Banal came to be when Erik met Sebastian Salgado in 1997. Watching Sebastian's creative process inspired Erik to think more about his own craft.

© Erik Prasetya

Find more about Erik Prasetya here, and follow him on Twitter.

written by crissyrobles on 2018-10-23

One Comment

  1. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Firman Ichsan is an Indonesian legendary photographer. He is the son of minister at soekarno era. He shoot lot of legendary Indonesian supermodel and musician. Bahaha sorry I'm talking about compliment quoter 😀

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