Putu Sayoga (Indonesian, b. 1986) is a documentary and travel photographer,
based in Island of Bali. He studied politics in Gadjah Mada University, where he
graduated in 2010 from the Department of Politics and Government. An
autodidact, he taught himself photography—especially street
photography—during his college days.
Photography, for Putu Sayoga, is a medium for storytelling and is therefore
interested in the photo essay genre which uses several photos to tell a story. In
this work I try to explore the story of a horse-caretaker named Ridwan Sururi who
use his horse as a mobile library for kids in a remote village in Central Java in
Indonesia. I was born in a small village and I have similar experienced about how
difficult to access books when I was a kid and also understand how important
book for the future of the kids, that backgrounds fuel me to working on this story.
My approach in this work is more into street photography style influenced by
Henri Cartier-Bresson with his decisive moment, documenting his daily life and
his activity with the horse library.