Indonesia, Bali  ~ Dancers

Balinese were often treated with brutality by the Dutch and it often is reflected with expressions of hostility or anger in old photos taken during colonial occupation.

Studio Portrait of a Court Dancer | (Javanese; c. 1910-1930 CE Sultanate of Jogjakarta/Susunuhan of Surakarta (Solo), Central Java)

Indonesia ~ Central Java / Studio portrait of a court dancer; possibly the court of


Smiles are rarely seen in photos taken during Netherlands colonial rule. Sadly, the Dutch were not kindly rulers and often mistreated the Balinese people.

Indonesian dancers c1880s

Indonesian dancers - Would love to have more info on this. It's as much comment about the Western photographer who took this as it is a representation of the local traditions and customs of the day.