13 Photos of Indonesia’s Jogjakarta

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As one of central Java’s enduring cities, replete with history, charm, and character, Yogyakarta (or “Jogja”) is a photographer’s paradise. From the resplendent ancient temples of Borobudur and Prambanan to the chaotic and colourful Jalan Malioboro in the heart of town, Jogja has no shortage of subjects to tempt the talented photographer.

Armed with his camera, Indonesian photographer Rusdi Sanad shares here a glimpse into the lives of those who call Jogja home. Traditional morning breakfasts, sprawling landscapes, a local barber… all gain a certain stature when viewed through his lens. Through his photographs, Rusdi showcases the many things that make Jogja special, those unremarkable day-to-day moments that together weave a remarkable tapestry of life in this charming central Javanese city.

1. Forests Surrounding Borobudur

Borobudur (3)

2. Visitors at Prambanan Temple

Borobudur (4)

3. Borobudur from Punthuk Setumbu

Borobudur from Punthuk Setumbu (2)

4. A Traditional House in Jogjakarta

Jogja Traditional House

5. Jogjakarta’s Train Station

Jogjakarta's Train Station

6. Jogja’s Colourful Jalan Malioboro

Malioboro Road (1)

7. Malioboro Road

Malioboro Road (7)

8. Morning Walk

Morning Walk


9. Rice Paddy Field

Paddy Field (1)

10. Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple

11. Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple (3)

12. Grilling Javanese Sate Klatak

Sate Klatak (1)

13. A Craftsman Making Shadow Puppets

Wayang Maker


About the Photographer

Rusdi Sanad has been a professional photographer since 2007 and his work focuses on corporate, commercial, interior & exterior, food, product, portrait. and travel photography. He has worked with many publications in Indonesia and Malaysia. He was also a photography lecturer in Linton University College for University East London (UEL) Degree Program, Malaysia. To see more of Rusdi’s work, please visit his website at

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