The Abarth 595

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Good things come in small pack- ages, and Fiat’s Abarth 595 Turismo Martini is a case in point. While there are other Turismo models of the Abarth, the Martini version has custom Martini Racing stripes on the side. This car is a pimped up version of the Fiat 500 sports model, and the dif- ferences are striking, such as quad exhaust pipes, a bigger wing spoiler and bigger 17 inch wheels. One of the most important design cues is the Abarth scorpion badge on the side of the car. Continue reading

The Beauty of Smartphone Photography

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Captured moment: A photo by Forbes Indonesia photo editor Ahmad “Roni” Zamroni, one of four photojournalists behind the recently launched smartphone photography book NESW. Courtesy of Ahmad Zamroni

Captured moment: A photo by Forbes Indonesia photo editor Ahmad “Roni” Zamroni, one of four photojournalists behind the recently launched smartphone photography book NESW. Courtesy of Ahmad Zamroni



Warning death knells tolled for quality photojournalism when major US newspaper Chicago Sun-Times replaced its entire photography staff with iPhone-wielding reporters in May last year.

But for Dita Alangkara, Associated Press chief photographer for Indonesia, trading his high-precision DSLR camera for an iPhone recalls the adrenaline-fuelled early days on the job — before the deadline and technical demands of newsgathering turned photography into mechanical point-and-shoot.

Shooting with a cell phone camera is akin to discovering a new toy, says Dita, as its limitations — slower shutter response, lower resolution and absence of long-range lenses — ups the creative and technical ante.

He is one of four photojournalists behind the recently launched smartphone photography book NESW (short for North East South West) along with Kompas daily photographer Yuniadhi Agung; Mast Irham, European Pressphoto Agency’s chief photographer for Indonesia; and Forbes Indonesia photo editor Ahmad “Roni” Zamroni.
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SE Asia Live, Interview with Jakarta Based Photographer, Ahmad Zamroni.

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SE Asia Live
NESW Photo Book Taken Entirely using a Camera Phone: Interview with Jakarta Based Photographer, Ahmad Zamroni.


Tell us about NESW.  What specific theme or idea did you wanted to convey with NESW and what motivated you to pursue it? Explain the significance of the title NESW.

The title North, East, South, West was chosen to represent us: Ahmad Zamroni (Forbes Indonesia Photo Editor), Dita Alangkara (Chief Photographer of AP Indonesia), Yuniadhi Agung (Kompas Daily Photographer) and Mast Irham (Chief Photographer, EPA Indonesia); whom all work as a photojournalist and have a different style in communicating through photography.  The title is also a cardinal sign that symbolizes guidance to those seeking directions.  We aim not to differentiate one another, but rather to compliment each other.  Ultimately, we wanted to show that every photograph is personal which could be created by anyone and anytime freely.


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“Bo…….”, an Obituary

Malam itu di bulan Agustus, 1997, berdua saya dan Kebo, sapaan buat teman saya Yoga Cahyadi, duduk kami bersantai di kawasan Pantai Parangtritis. Memandang dengan takjub sekaligus bangga di tebing sebelah barat kami, akan bendera Merah-Putih berukuran 30×20 meter yang terpasang di didinding tebing Parangendog. 

Njuk ngopo ki Bo”, celetuk saya untuk memecahkan hening yang ada. 
“Yo wis ngene iki wae”, jawab dia sambil tertawa khas Kebo. Ada nada lepas juga sedikit nada sinis yang khas dipenghujungnya, sangat Kebo sekali. Continue reading

LIVING HISTORY, Wayang Orang Bharata is keeping alive a traditional art form

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Wayang orang is a traditional javanese theater often compared to western-style opera and performed to a gamelan ensemble. Established more than 40 years ago, the Wayang Orang Bharata is now the last surviving professional wayang orang troupe in Jakarta. It stages performances once a week, on Saturdays in a playhouse in Senen, Jakarta.

In an unusual arrangement, executives and socialites have performed on stage with the troupe, such as Indika Energy President Commissioner Wiwoho Basuki Tjokronegoro. “Becoming a wayang orang artist is not a matter of income. We do it solely because of a profound love for wayang orang—we want to keep alive Wayang Orang Bharata and this traditional art form,” says Marsam Mulyo Atmojo, head of the Wayang Orang Bharata association.

Photo Story By Ahmad Zamroni


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Tear Sheet : Teddy Rachmat’s Growth Story

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Teddy Rachmat has been a success as both a top executive and an entrepreneur, and one of his few regrets is not being more of the latter sooner.

Teddy Rachmat is a man with few regrets but one of Them is not becoming
an entrepreneur sooner. having been a pioneer who helped build The largest business group in indonesia, Astra International, also inspired him to become one.

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Tear Sheets : In the Rough

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In Cempaka, miners still look for diamonds using traditional methods.

Mines around the city of Martapura, known as the “city of diamonds,” have been famous for centuries for producing diamonds
of exceptional quality, brilliance and color. During the 18th century, the Dutch produced out of this area in South Kalimantan some 50,000 carats a year. The year 1965 was the apex of Martapura’s fame when a 166 carat pink diamond, known as the “Trisakti diamond,” was found in the region. Some two decades later, in 1985, a large raw diamond of 117 carats was found, followed by another diamond of 197 carats that was found in 2008, although Borneo’s status as a diamond producer has long been on the wane, surpassed by other locations.
Small-scale traditional mining continues to this day in Cempaka, a modest village near Martapura, using techniques changed little by modern technology. Miners here use only the most basic of tools to search for the valuable stones. The diamonds, when found, are usually buried in gravel and muddy sediments at depths of about 10 meters. The miners work in groups of about 15, using baskets to haul up the muddy sediment, which is then washed in conical bowls which are swirled around. Continue reading

Tear Sheet : Sail Away


Phinisi may be the world’s last seaworthy wooden sailboats still in wide use today.

The phinisi is a traditional wooden two-masted sailing ship, which were mentioned as plying the waters of Indonesia as early as the 14th century. The ships today are built at Tanjung Bira beach by the Konjo, a subgroup of the Bugis living in the Bulukumba regency of South Sulawesi. While modern power tools can be used, the boats are largely built using the design and construction techniques handed down over hundreds of years. These boats may be the world’s last large seaworthy wooden sailing ships being built. While many serve as humble cargo ships, some become high-end yachts.

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