In 124 photographs, Milton Kam offers a portrait of Suriname’s indigenous peoples as they adapt to life in the 21st century.

After years of standing behind a camera for features and television series, he challenged himself to photograph Suriname’s indigenous peoples after he rediscovered his country of birth again.

Now, points of recognition is the first photo book ever that portrays their everyday life. A unique insight in the life of the first inhabitants of what is now known as Suriname.

The first edition of Points of Recognition is now for sale through different channels. Visit our Order your book- page to read how and where you can buy your copy of this unique photo book.

Milton Kam

Eleven years ago, I visited my home country Suriname for the first time after I had left it in 1987.  Soon after my first return visit, I decided to start a photographic project portraying the different Surinamese communities. The first community that I wanted to photograph were the indigenous peoples, the native inhabitants of my home country.

Before I started, I knew very little about the indigenous peoples of Suriname. I only knew the names of the five tribes I learned about in primary school.

During my photographic journey, I learned a lot more about their ways of living, their perspectives, and their struggles. I encountered several situations where indigenous rights were being ignored or violated.

As I became more aware of Suriname’s indigenous peoples, I felt even more compelled to share through my photographs their unique way of life in all its diversity. 

Although I worked as a cinematographer on series for Netflix and Amazon, lensed independent movies such as Once upon a time in London, and filmed documentaries for Oxfam and others,  it is this photographic project that gave me the most beautiful and deepest experience a person can have.


Kick-off in the Netherlands

We have locked and secured our first official book presentation in the Netherlands. It will be held at the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam during the ‘grote Suriname-tentoonstelling’ on Saturday December 7th at 14.00.  In the weeks after, we hope to do several more presentations in the Netherlands.

Fine art prints for sale

We reached a new milestone for Points of Recognition. As from today a small selection of the most iconic images from our book, as well as a few never-before-seen photographs are for sale. Visit our fine art photoprints page for more photos and how to order.


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Order your book

Photo book Points of Recognition is for sale through Kapelka Books’ webshop where you can pay with Creditcard, Ideal, Paypal and via banktransfer.

For those living in the Netherlands, you can also buy our book via Bol.com, Reisboekwinkel de Zwerver (Groningen) and Donner (Rotterdam).

For those living in Suriname, you can find our book at Vaco boekwinkel, Domineestraat, Paramaribo. Phonenumber; 472 545

Points of Recognition is in het Engels geschreven, maar u kunt hieronder de Nederlandse vertaling downloaden.

Go to Kapelka books and order your copy today…..