Konyaks, the head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyaks, head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyaks, head-hunters of Nagaland, India

Konyak tribal people – once fearsome warriors and head-hunters, now dying-out culture of Nagaland, northeast India. They are recognised by their facial and body tattoos, their age is seldom confirmed, but estimated from 80 to over 100 years. It is believed that in 10 or 15 years these Konyak head-hunters will be buried beneath Christian headstones in the mountain villages and since their history is not stored in any pleadings, the living memories of their unique cultural existence will disappear for ever.

Khumhi, about 80-year old head-hunter lives in the village of Longwa and spends most of the day chewing betel nuts and smoking opium.

Khumhi, about 80-year old head-hunter lives in the village of Longwa and spends most of the day chewing betel nuts and smoking opium.


Kolkata slum, India

Daily life in an illegal slum near an active railroad track – trains pass here on a regular basis dangerously close to the people and their shelters.

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I spent my teenage years in communist Czechoslovakia, often lamenting on my bad fate, hoping for a better place of birth in my next life. Twenty-five years later, while roaming all the slums of Kolkata, I could not resist and texted my parents to thank them for my fortune. If I had a number to God, I would have sent him a copy too.