Conflict, Custom & Conscience

Photojournalism and the Pacific Media Centre

  • Jim Marbrook Auckland University of Technology
Keywords: Photojournalism, Bougainville, Pacific Media Centre


A group of Melanesian women march behind an anti-mining ‘No BCL No Mining’ banner, across a small field in the now-autonomous region of Bougainville. Their protest is ostensibly unseen by the rest of the world. Their protest efforts are local, gender-specific, indigenous, and part of a wider movement to stop any production on the Panguna copper mine. This conflict claimed an estimated 10,000 lives in the 1990s civil war. This photograph is one of the many that we have selected to mark the 10th anniversary of the Pacific Media Centre in Auckland University of Technology’s School of Communication Studies...