An excerpt from an interview with Irving Penn, published November 24, 1991 in the New York Times:
In New Guinea in 1970, he chose subjects from a group of warriors outside the studio and led them in one at a time. His touch, construed as a loving gesture, was immediately answered by a hug from each man; he referred to an image of several warriors as being "constructed of four embraces." He thought these people civil, considerate, respectful of one another: "The people I photographed were not primitive. The primitive people are in New York."