These pictures of Jakarta were taken during the fall of President Suharto. The photos are from a larger study of work about the city itself.
Just after the 2nd World War urban population grew steadily to 30% but more recently with the many changing states of human interaction via globalization etc, an unprecedented urban growth has arisen where 47% of the Worlds population now live in urban environments. To date there are over 400 cities around the World with over 1 million people.
The largest of the Worlds cities called "Mega Cities" are mainly occurring in less developed countries around the World where people flock most eagerly to one or two urban areas of that Nation. This is a Photo story about one such Mega City called Jakarta the capital of Indonesia, it is part of a larger body of work in progress about Mega City life around the World.
With Jakarta's rate of growth overall being 4% annually and with a higher expansion rate of 18% in the slum areas urbanisation has become a constant headache to the Jakarta administration as the city has neither enough jobs nor enough housing to shelter new urbanites. In 1960 the population of Jakarta was 2.7 million by 1995 it had exploded to 11.5 million and by the 2015 Jakarta is estimated to have a population well over 35 million. If the migrants to the city were all young professionals and entrepreneurs bring in skills and wealth, absorbing them would be easy enough but the large majority of newcomers are poor with little education and large families to support. These are people who more often than not have found it increasingly difficult to earn a living from the rural countryside due to the mechanisation of agriculture.
Even with the fall of President Suharto's 32 year tyrannical leadership in 1997 help for the slum dwellers and actions on solutions for the problems of this mega city seem sparse.