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Photography Review

A distant island seen without the distance

CAMBRIDGE — In 1961, the Harvard ethnographic filmmaker and photographer Robert Gardner did field work in the western half of New Guinea. Now 87, he went on to have a legendary career.

To honor his achievements, the university’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology established the Robert Gardner fellowship in photography. Its fourth recipient, Stephen Dupont, traveled to the island (in his case, the eastern half) 50 years after Gardner did. “Stephen Dupont: New Guinea Portraits and Diaries” is the product of that journey, as well as previous visits. It runs at the Peabody through Sept. 2.

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