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This website focuses on impressions of Asia and Oceania, curiosity about foreign cultures and the desire to discover and explore. The photos you see here have been taken in the past 40 years during trips to the various parts of Asia and the South Pacific. Many of these images reflect the course of history, as they bear witness to the lives of human beings but were taken in a time that is already gone. There are, for example, photos of the tallest Buddha statue in Bamiyan, Afghanistan; of the village Pagan in Burma (now Myanmar); and of the three gorge valleys of the Yangtze River. There are also pictures of the Tibetan monasteries that were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution led by Mao. Additional photos depict Kashmir, an area that was still peaceful in the 1970s, as well as the pre-capitalism era in the People’s Republic of China. However, the photo gallery concentrates most of all on the South Pacific and especially on Papua New Guinea, which is the region that most interests me personally and has been the focus of my professional life.
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photo: Roland Seib

Additional photos and photo galleries have been provided by Anne Bicks (West Papua), Johanna Carstens (artisanal mining), Gudrun Dittrich (Hitsuzendo, Rapa Nui), Martin Feldmann (Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu), Stephanie Gantert (Philippines), Martin Hall (diving with whales), Frank Hartmann (Western Samoa), Frauke Heide (Papua New Guinea), Hokusai (Fuji-san), Thorsten Krafft (Papua New Guinea), Werner Kugler (India, Nepal), Michael Reckordt (Philippines), Klaus Reuter (West Papua), Rita Sauer (Philippines), Till Schoenherr (Mount Wilhelm), Dr Astrid Seckelmann (West Papua), Dr Hilke Thode-Arora (Niue), Friedrich Tometten (West Papua), Alexander Unterkoefler (Vietnam), Dieter Unterkoefler (present China, HawaiŽi), Jason Wagner (present Ladakh, Zanskar), Dieter Zabel (Philippines) and Dr Siegfried Zoellner (West Papua). I would like to thank them here. A selection of art dealing with Asia and the South Pacific, and lists of publications and presentations, round out this website.

The press review entitled “Mining in the South Pacific”, begun in May 2009 as part of my work for the German Pacific Society, is continued here.

© Roland Seib 2010-2017