My Dearest Javanese Concubine


  • Photographer
    Luca Desienna
  • Prize
    1st Place / Book/People
  • Jury Top 5 Selection
  • Company/Studio
    Blow Up Press
  • Date of Photograph
    Book premiere: July 5, 2019
  • Technical Info
    Cameras used: Contax G2, Minolta Tc1, Canon Eos 5d

Love story of the 21st century. Two social outcasts in far Indonesia find a way to love each other regardless of their backgrounds: Tira Yohanes Soepomo, a 48 years old transsexual who identified as female, and Dayang, a throw away person, unemployed with no family. They met while living on the streets of Jogiakarta in Central Java. They shared a life together in a basic six square meter squat that became the centre of their universe. The book is a respectful and intimate portrait of their relationship. It’s a passionate portrait of joy and pain, suffering, and ultimately of Tira’s death.

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