BOOK REVIEW: FACES OF INDONESIA Gael Newton – TAASA Review March 2023
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Faces of Indonesia: 500 Postcards 1900-1945 Scott Merrillees Hanusz Publishing, Ohio, 2021 RRP: $42.75, hardback, colour illustrations Faces of Indonesia 500 postcards 1900-1945 is the fourth large format photographically illustrated publication on Indonesia by Australian collector/ researcher Scott Merrillees.
After graduation in economics, Indonesian and Malay studies at Melbourne University, Merrillees worked in financial services in Jakarta from the late 1980s.
Over the next two decades he became a passionate collector and researcher of 19th century Indonesian photographs, postcards and graphics, showing the urban topography and evolution of Jakarta. Drawing on his own collection, Merrillees published BATAVIA in Nineteenth Century Photograph in 2000; JAKARTA: postcards of a Capital 1950-1980 in 2012 and JAKARTA: Portraits of a Capital 1950-1980 in 2015...