I want to share some photos from my archive, taken at the funeral of Indonesia’s former President Suharto (ruling 1966–1998) in Karanganyar, Central Java, 28 January 2008. It was one of my first experiences of covering big news events, after the earthquake and Merapi eruption in Yogyakarta in mid-2006.
I had just lost my phone at that time, snatched when I was photographing the Javanese/Islamic lunar new year ceremony at Keraton Kasunanan Solo in early January 2008—it was a new phone. I literally bought a new phone—cheaper one—and new SIM card on the way to Solo. I also contacted a friend to bunk in her house in, as well as to help guide me around Karanganyar.
Five years have passed now since Mr. Suharto’s passing, which was ten years after his resignation from the presidency in May 1998, following mass protests (and in some places riots) across Indonesia. I often still wonder what has changed now in post-Reformasi Indonesia.
Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎