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Renowned photographer and traveler
Ingetje Tadros began a global photographic sojourn
at seventeen. Leaving behind her small hometown of
Bleiswijk in the Netherlands, she ambitiously set out
to travel the planet.
Over the course of 30 years of regular travel, she has
visited more than 40 countries across six continents,
all the while capturing striking images of the world’s
tribal people, and of lives and places that exist in
relative obscurity.
Her photography offers the viewer genuine moments
of humanity and
stunning expressive form.
Hipstamatic | Rajahstan and Gujarat
Whether she is photographing people in a market in a village in India, or during a festival of the Mowanjum tribal
community in Western Australia, Ingetje is always fully engaged with the people she encounters. The viewer
never has the feeling she is pickpocketing people’s private sacred moments to enthrall us with mere cultural
novelty. Her photographs neither intend to shock nor illicit sympathy; therefore, we can visually engage with
Tadros’ subjects without the distortions imposed by a disparaging fog of pity. Through her great skill and
sensitivity, she enhances our perceptions and engages us with the unfamiliar, enabling us to cast off our
engrained, divisive tendencies – the formidable mental barriers that alienate “us” (the urban, economically-
advantaged) from “them” (indigenous people and the world’s chronically poor and vulnerable).
In March of 2011, Ingetje published her first book, Tribal Ethiopia – a testament of her passion for documenting
tribal people and championing issues of social justice. The book’s 286 photos document the indigenous tribes of
the Omo River Valley and their plight as people threatened with the of loss of their ancestral homeland and
economic livelihood to modern development; a proposed massive hydroelectric plant project would eventually
flood their valley
Over the course of her career she has been a volunteer photographer for the Amsterdam World Museum and a
travel consultant for Nouvelles Frontieres. Ingetje currently freelances for Dutch-based Word Portraits,
(World-Portraits will soon be available at Corbis) and the Western Australian, a Perth newspaper. She is also a
prodigious contributor to world-renowned Getty Images (Creative and Editorial) and recently signed a contract
with Aurora. She currently lives in Broome in Western Australia where she and her Egyptian-born husband own
and run a Middle Eastern restaurant that also serves as an informal gallery for her work.

Ingetje Published her first Photo Book TRIBAL ETHIOPIA in May 2011 now for sale online

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Goroka Festival
With a history of gold mines and coffee plantations, Eastern Highlands has had more exposure to European
influence than any other Highlands provinces. It has a history full of colourful characters- miners, missionaries,
patrol officers, plantation owners. Traditional dress is seldom worn this days, although the Highlanders still live in
village of neat clusters of low walled round huts built amongst the rolling kunai-grass covered hills.
Ingetje Tadros