Albertus Vembrianto

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Papua, Indonesia

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Albertus Vembrianto

Albertus Vembrianto is documentary photographer and independent photojournalist based in Papua, Indonesia. Now he is working on his personal project about the impact of the mine in Timika, Papua, Indonesia. 

He has made visual documentaries for Oxfam, Save The Children Foundation, Jaringan Advokasi Tambang (Mining Advocacy Network), Smeru Institute and several social research projects for academic and non profit organizations. 

His works had been published in various publication, by name Vembri Waluyas, such as The Guardian, Inside Indonesia (Australia), The Jakarta Post Digital (Indonesia), (Indonesia) and some books such as "Arca: Sepilihan Teks dan Foto tentang Arca Seni Klasik”, A Book Written Together with Lydia Kieven, Mitu M Prie, Cuk Riomandha, etc, "Citra Cerita Pawitra: Candi dan Situs di Penanggungan", A Book Written Together with Kris Budiman, Putu Sutawijaya, etc.

Reportage, Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Visual Telling Story, Field Research


Hundreds indigenous Papua families stay in the riverbanks in Timika, Papua, Indonesia, besides tailing disposal stream of Freeport McMoran, biggest gold mine in the world. Based on the report of Earthworks and Mining Watch Canada, 2012, PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), affiliated with Freeport McMoRan’s, produces and dumps over 200,000 tons of tailings per day (over 80 million tons per year). The tailings contain high concentrations of toxins such as copper, arsenic, cadmium, and selenium. The tailings have buried over 166 square kilometers of formerly productive forest and wetlands. In this area, the above indigenous Papua families stay. These families earn money by becoming informal miners in the tailing disposal areas. They stay in plastic camps without access to proper living appliances such as clean water and electricity. Their children grow without formal education, but learn to earn money and get high in cheap way.

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