Myanmar’s first organised group of Street Photographers will debut their exhibition and photobook titled ‘Featured Collectives’ at Myanmar Deitta in the country’s capital Yangon on 17th September 2016.
Featured photographers include: Aung Khant, Aung Zaw Myo, Chan Nyein Aung, Chit Min Maung, Hein Htet, Lamin Oo, Min Zayar, Moe Myint San, Myat Thu, Naing Lin Soe, Nyein Su Wai Kyaw Soe, Phyo Hein Kyaw, Phyo Thiha, Sai Aung Main, Thant Zaw, Thet Htoo, Yu Yu Myint Than, Zarni Phyo, and Zaw Myo Htun.
About Featured Collectives.
We are going to publish the Featured Collectives book on 17th of September together with a photo exhibition. The primary objective of Featured Collectives is to showcase the art of Myanmar photographers from all over the world, and we have been looking out for every available opportunity. Why? Because photographers from our neighboring countries such as Thailand, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Bangladesh are now being recognized in the international photography community, while Myanmar has been left behind, backstage.
Our country’s primary issues are its economic and political conditions. Photography started really late because of the political conditions in Myanmar, where the practice of photography was blocked by Junta for decades. We have also previously not tried to overcome language barriers to read available resources on internet such as English language articles and blog posts to expand our knowledge. And being lazy, we only looked simplistically at photographs and took cliche photos of background billboard juxtaposition, shots of elderly, and long shadows et cetera.
MMSP (Myanmar Street Photographers) was the first wave of the Myanmar Street Photography movement. We now introduce FC (Featured Collectives) – the second wave of this movement. We are now trying to showcase different approaches in this new book. We also hope that this is the very first photo book that includes the largest number of Myanmar photographers. If this book is, in any way, of help to aspiring photography enthusiasts, we are happy that we have achieved our objective of publishing this book.
Find Featured Collectives on www.facebook.com/featuredcollectives
First exhibition by Myanmar street photography collective ‘Featured Collectives’. 30 beautiful photographic prints from 20 photographers. Opening night Saturday 17th September 2016, 7pm. Exhibition runs until Saturday October 15th. Location – Myanmar Deitta, 3rd Fl, No. 49, 44th St (Lower Block) Yangon. 17 Sep -15 Oct | Tues – Sun | 10AM – 5PM | Free Entry.