David Becker (born in Alaska) has lived on a sailboat in the Western Pacific for more than 30 years. He is currently based in New Caledonia, just south of Vanuatu. He specializes in cultural photography, working with museums and other cultural institutions, primarily in Melanesia.
Sailing through Papua New Guinea for eight months in 1986, Becker saw how rapidly traditional cultures were being changed by contact with the outside world. With friends, he founded The Society for the Recording of Vanishing Cultures, and has since devoted his life to this work.
"It is important to record this precious heritage before it disappears. I hope that whatever I can do will help future generations realize the beauty,the richness, and the dignity of this way of life."
David Becker's photographs provided a large extension of the Vanuatu National Museum Photography archive. His generosity and dedication towards Melanesian Culture is very much appreciated in the region.
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