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Title: AAPPB Photo Gallery
Description/subject: "In this section you will find photographs of political prisoners currently serving sentences in Burmese prisons, photographs of prisons and prisoners working in Labour Camps or on constuction projects throughout Burma. We have also included illustrations of poun-zan, which are the positions used by the Burmese prison system to de-humanize prisoners... Learning Behind Bars: Political prisoners are not allowed to read or write while in prison. Despite their jailers' efforts to shackle their minds, Burmese political prisoners remain determined to learn even under the worst of circumstances. View Photographs - Read Article 1 - Read Article 2... There are 38 major prisons currently in Burma. Over 20 house political prisoners, even a number of Monks included. View Photos... If you are a photographer with images that you may think will be of value to AAPP, please send them as jpeg attachments to AAPP...
Language: English
Source/publisher: Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) - AAPPB
Format/size: JPEG
Date of entry/update: 07 July 2003


Title: Ayerwaddy
Description/subject: Lots of photos of Burma by Japanese photographer Goto Osami, plus photos of colonial Burma (unfortunately undated) by Shiro Shimamura and Keizo Okuma, some of which are accompanied by contemporary parallel photos by Goto Osami.
Author/creator: Goto Osami
Language: Japanese, English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Buddhas and Pagodas
Description/subject: "If, one day, one were to want to count the number of stupas,pagodas and temples dedicated to Buddha throughout Burma, one would find as many as there are grains of sand in the Hoggar desert." 11 images of Burma.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation
Format/size: jpeg
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma - Photo Gallery
Description/subject: Photos of Burma, notably good trekking photos from Kachin State (mountains, clouds, jungle, people, portraits, villages, streams). Some good sunsets. Parallel trek in Nepal.
Author/creator: Henk de Jong
Language: English
Format/size: html, JPEG
Date of entry/update: 27 July 2003


Title: Burma Betrayal
Description/subject: A photographic essay, with 21 compelling black and white images, on the Burmese dictatorship -- work in progress.
Author/creator: Nic Dunlop
Language: English
Source/publisher: Nic Dunlop
Format/size: jpeg
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Title: Burma in Transition (video, photos and text)
Date of publication: September 2013
Description/subject: "A book documenting life inside Burma from 1987 through the recent historic transition by an award-winning photographer....I am asking for your help to self-publish a book. As some of you know, with changes in digital technology the publishing industry is going through a transformation, and publishers are reluctant to print books by even the most accomplished photographers. A professional team is in place. Editors/designers Natasha Chandani and Lana Cavar have begun working with me to produce a high-quality 192-page book of color photographs in a 7 x 9 1/2 inch format. Essays by prominent Burmese writer Dr. Ma Thida, a human rights activist and herself a former political prisoner, and also journalist Francis Wade will accompany the images to explain the context in Burma today. The book will be in print by April 2014. Please help to make this project a reality. Your donation will pay for the costs of producing and printing a beautiful book. Among the rewards are limited edition prints and a signed copy of the book..."
Author/creator: Geoffrey Hiller
Language: English
Source/publisher: Geoffrey Hiller
Format/size: Adobe Flash, html
Alternate URLs: http://www.hillerphoto.com/
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2013


Title: Burmese Days: photographs by Alan Sievers
Description/subject: One of the best online Burma photo galleries. High quality pictures of different parts and aspects of Burma by a sensitive photographer -- daily life, buildings, cabbages, landscapes, portraits, buddhas, objects...
Author/creator: Alan Sievers
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Dang Ngo Photography
Description/subject: Includes many fine images of the Karen
Language: English
Source/publisher: Dang Ngo Photography
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 August 2004


Title: Dictator Watch
Description/subject: Contains several articles on Burma, including reports on missions of the Freeburma Rangers. More than 20 photo essays of civil war victims, destroyed villages, forced labour, relief missions etc.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Dictator Watch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 11 July 2003


Title: Digital South Asia Library - Photo collection
Description/subject: This collection of photos contains several hundred of Burma, mostly from WWII. Search for "Burma" within the different collections... The Hensley Photo Library: "This collection is comprised of photographs taken during World War II by an American serviceman, Glenn S. Hensley.(103 images of Burma); Government College of Arts and Crafts (Chennai) "The Museum of Contemporary Art, housed within the Government College of Arts and Crafts, has a photograph collection dated from the mid 1800s. The subjects of these photographs range from the hill tribes of Niligiris to pagodas and monuments of the Madras Presidency to guns and antiques from Fort St. George."(42 images of Burma); Keagle Photograph Library - "This collection is comprised of photographs taken during World War II by an American serviceman, Robert Keagle."(42 images of Burma); Bond Photograph Library - This collection is comprised of photographs taken during World War II by an American serviceman, Frank Bond (142 images of Burma).
Language: English
Source/publisher: Digital South Asia Library
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 17 April 2008


Title: Enigma Images
Description/subject: "James Mackay, a documentary photographer based in South East Asia and the UK specialises in Burma, both in-country and around political and human rights issues along it's borders and those in exile around the world. Below are a selection of photo-stories providing a glimpse at life in the darkness of the Golden Land. In 1962 a military coup saw Burma, an isolated Buddhist country in South-East Asia, come under the power of one of the world’s most brutal regimes. For the past five decades, the country has been ruled through fear and oppression that has seen thousands of people arrested, tortured and given long prison sentences for openly expressing their beliefs as well as crimes against humanity being committed in the country's ethnic regions. More than a million people have been left internally displaced and over 150,000 now live as stateless refugees on Burma's numerous borders. Whilst the democracy movement once again gathers pace under the renewed leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi, the people of Burma remain shackled by an authoritarian regime and are left to suffer silently in the hope that one day true freedom will be theirs.".....Special focus on Burma's political prisoners.....Galleries include: AUNG SAN SUU KYI: AT HOME WITH... THE DARKNESS WE SEE... ABHAYA: BURMA'S FEARLESSNESS... BURMA'S DEFIANCE... THE PRISON WITHOUT BARS... BURMA VJ: INSIDE THE SECRET NETWORK... THIS IS ANOTHER PLACE... NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN... BURMA'S POLITICAL PRISONERS... SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN... ORDINARY PLACES: EXTRAORDINARY LIVES... FLEEING THE FRONTLINE... KNLA: A REVOLUTION TO THE END
Author/creator: James Mackay,
Language: English
Source/publisher: Enigma Images
Format/size: html, jpeg, gif
Date of entry/update: 23 November 2011


Title: Getty Images
Description/subject: More than 18,000 images of Burma/Myanmar (photos and footage). Search for Burma or Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Getty Images
Format/size: html, jpeg
Date of entry/update: 03 January 2009


Title: Individual travel in Burma
Description/subject: Photos from Burma trips between 1997 and 2004... "This site is a non political site. This site is ment to give an impression of sights you might visit when travelling as a F.I.T.(foreign independent traveller)... The routes we took during the four visits are roughly drawn here. Train, private driver, boat, plane and bus were used during the various trips..."
Language: English
Format/size: html. jpeg
Date of entry/update: 04 October 2004


Title: KHRG Photo Sets
Description/subject: Archive of several thousand photos published by KHRG from 1993. They document the human rights situation throughout the Eastern areas of Burma. Subjects include: forced labour; forced relocations & restrictions; attacks on villages & village destruction; detention & torture; shootings & killings; flight & displacement; landmines; soldiers; children; extortion; internal displacement and refugees; SPDC deserters...
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html, jpeg
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Myanmar Image Gallery
Description/subject: Pin-ups and pagodas. Hard-edged calendar kitsch of the Myanmar.com school. An obtrusive, multiculoured "Myanmar Image Gallery" floating in the sky succeeds in degrading the finest photographs of the Pagan pagodas. Now with muzak.
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: myanmar or burma stock photos and images
Description/subject: 1375 images from Burma/Myanmar. About 30% of them do not appear unless you click on "PRICE/INFO.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Photosearch
Format/size: html, jpeg
Date of entry/update: 28 June 2006


Title: Myanmar Photo Exhibition
Description/subject: Exploring Myanmar (formerly Burma)
Language: English
Source/publisher: SPDC
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Myanmar Photo Gallery
Description/subject: Includes some good architectural shots "Mingalaba! In the Myanmar Photo Gallery you'll find a selection of pictures of Myanmar (Burma) taken on a visit in December 2002, at the beginning of the dry season. Starting from Yangon, we travelled by car across lower Myanmar, visiting Bago and Kyaiktiyo before heading north, towards Central Myanmar where we visited Lake Inle, Mandalay and Bagan before returning to Yangon. A detailed travelogue is available..."
Author/creator: Alfred Molon
Language: English
Source/publisher: Shirly Cang and Alfred Molon Homepage
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Myanmar Photo Gallery with 360° Panoramic Views
Description/subject: 4000+ Myanmar Photo's in 35 Categories --- Myanmar Online Museum * Royal Regalia * Kyauktaw Mahamuni Museum * Naga Tribal Museum * Buddha Images * Myanmar Stamps * Myanmar Coins Wonders o Largest Gilded Building o Largest Ringing Bell o Largest Bell Underwater o Largest Reclining Buddha Image o Largest Stone Book o Largest Gold Buddha Image o Largest Stone Buddha Image o Strange Buddha Images ...etc.
Language: English
Source/publisher: myanmars.net
Format/size: html, jpeg
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Title: Photos from Burma, 1894-1896
Language: English
Source/publisher: World's Transportation Commission, 1894-1896 > Library of Congress
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Photos on the Britain-Burma Society site
Description/subject: Mixed bag. A few interesting sepia photos
Language: English
Source/publisher: Britain-Burma Society
Alternate URLs: http://shwepla.net
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Results of a Google search for stock photography sites burma OR Myanmar
Date of publication: 10 April 2010
Description/subject: 840,000 results (April 2010) for a Google search for stock photography sites Burma OR Myanmar (257,000, January 2009)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Google
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 April 2010


Title: Travel Burma (Myanmar)
Description/subject: Lots of photos somewhere on the site. Search
Source/publisher: .odyssei.com
Format/size: html, jpeg
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Title: Yuzo's Photo World 10
Date of publication: November 2008
Description/subject: "Anger must not be forgotten Injustice must not be forgiven In this world of contradictions It is your smile, your very existence Which heals wounds of despair and gives strength to the timid. Resistance is dwarfed in this age of massive complacency Resistance must not be forgotten, and those who resist must not be ignored. As a witness to history and a chronicler of an era It is your image I want to capture with my lens. With a snap of the shutter of an independent photojournalist Imagine what more will then be set free."...Several hundred photos of Burma, the Karen and other subjects.
Author/creator: Uda Yuzo
Language: English, Japanese
Source/publisher: Uda Yuzo
Format/size: jpeg
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2008


Individual Documents

Title: A Burmese Album 1824-1948
Date of publication: 1948
Description/subject: 96 bklack and white photos of Burma, 1824-1948
Author/creator: P. Klier
Language: English
Source/publisher: Colgate University digital library
Format/size: jpeg
Date of entry/update: 19 September 2010


Title: Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2000: Photos
Date of publication: October 2001
Description/subject: Photos of: Forced Labor; Internally Displaced People and Forced Relocation; Rights of the Child; Situation of Refugees; Situation of Migrant Workers from Burma.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Yearbook Burma (Myanmar) 2000 (NCGUB Human Rights Documentation Unit)
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: Yearbook main page: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/yearbooks/Main.htm
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Burma: Grace under Pressure (slide show with music and English commentary)
Date of publication: 2001
Description/subject: High quality engaged photography and audio-visual presentation. A complex, compassionate, moving, poetic, meditative, slow-moving photo portrayal of people in contemporary Burma. On-screen and audio commentary by victims of military rule and on-screen quotations/commentary from Aung San Suu Kyi, Timothy Garton Ash, Rory MacLean and others. River, Street, Border (N.B. black and white), Women, Spirit. Burmese musical accompaniment. Light and shade: not a general in sight, but their shadow is present throughout. Forum, Links. Of the photographs, Henri Cartier-Bresson came to mind for the dynamic of people-environment, Edward Curtis for some of the portraits, S. Salgado...
Author/creator: Geoffrey Hillier
Language: English, Burmese
Source/publisher: Geoffrey Hillier
Format/size: jpeg, html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Geoffrey Hiller/ Photographer
Description/subject: Good photos of Burma and other parts of the world
Author/creator: Geoffrey Hiller
Language: English
Source/publisher: Geoffrey Hiller/ Photographer
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 September 2013


Title: Karen guerillas -- insurgency in Karen State (front-line photos, 1991)
Date of publication: April 1991
Description/subject: Photos taken March-April 1991 at Manerplaw and the front line north of Manerplaw, where there was heavy fighting at the time. Several photos of child soldiers. "Burma has been torn by civil war since the end of colonial rule from the British. One of the largest ethnic groups is the Karen-people. For a long time they maintained their own state, Kawthoolei or Karen land, in the east of the country bordering Thailand. From its base in Manorplow the Karen National Union (KNU) and its armed wing the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) led the armed struggle. In the late eighties they where reinforced by Burmese refugees from the All Burma Student Democratic Front (ADSDF) who escaped the crack down on the democracy movement. The failure of different ethnic groups to unite led to great success for the junta in the mid 90's. Today only a fraction of the KNU remains active and many Karens are living as refugees in Thailand. Many other armed groups have struck deals with the military junta (SLORC) or entered the lucrative drug-trade."
Author/creator: Bjorn Svensson
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: KHRG Photo Gallery 2010
Date of publication: 15 June 2010
Description/subject: The first instalment of KHRG's Photo Gallery 2010 presents 131 still images selected from photos taken by field researchers since July 2009. Of these photos, 56 were taken during the latter half of 2009 and 75 were taken during 2010. This edition of the gallery is divided into six subtopics, including Forced relocation and displacement, Life under military control, Convict porters, Children in armed conflict, Soldiers, army camps and weapons, and Land and livelihoods. KHRG is committed to documenting not just the way that villagers are victims of human rights abuses, but also the myriad protection strategies they employ to resist abuse as well as maintain cultural practices and continuity in their lives. Consequently, all sections of this report include a wide variety of photo selections, not just photos of villagers as victims. Since the last photo gallery was released, KHRG has continued to document abuses of the type documented in earlier editions. Villagers already under government control continue to report abuses related to SPDC and DKBA attempts to consolidate control and support ongoing militarization of the countryside. Elsewhere, the SPDC Army continues efforts to expand control, particularly into upland areas in northern Karen State. Though the Northern Karen State Offensive appears to have drawn to a close, attacks on villagers in hiding nonetheless continue. According to the most recent figures, more than 60,000 villagers[1] remain displaced and in hiding. Beginning in May 2009, soldiers from the SPDC and DKBA also became more active in southern Papun District and northern Pa'an districts. In spite of difficulties, however, villagers continue to employ a variety of protection strategies for resisting abuse. Photos included in the Photo Gallery are identified with alphanumeric characters shown below each image. All photos are by KHRG except where otherwise noted.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: jpeg
Date of entry/update: 10 October 2010


Title: KHRG Photo Gallery 2010-B
Date of publication: 24 February 2011
Description/subject: Forced relocation and displacement... Life under military control... Convict porters... Children in armed conflict... Soldiers, army camps and weapons... Land and livelihoods... Map Room ..... "The second installment of KHRG's Photo Gallery 2010 includes 95 still photographs selected from images taken by KHRG field researchers since December 2009. Of these photos, 50 were taken between December 2009 and March 2010, and 45 were taken between April and July 2010. Photos were taken in Papun, Nyaunglebin, Toungoo, Mergui/Tavoy, Pa'an and Dooplaya districts of locally-defined Karen State, as well as at sites on the Thai side of the Thailand – Burma border. This edition of the gallery has been divided into six subsections: Establishment of Border Guard Forces and strategic displacement; Involuntary repatriation of refugees in Tha Song Yang District; Surviving with dignity beyond military control; Life under military control; Livelihoods under strain; Landmines; and Children in armed conflict. KHRG is committed to documenting not just the way that villagers are victims of human rights abuses, but also the myriad protection strategies they employ to resist abuse as well as maintain cultural practices and continuity in their lives. Consequently, all sections of this report include a wide variety of photo selections, not just photos of villagers as victims. Since the last photo gallery was released, KHRG has continued to document patterns of abuse consistent with those presented in earlier editions. Villagers already under government control continue to report abuses related to attempts by the Tatmadaw, Burma's state army, and non-state armed groups (NSAGs) holding ceasefire agreements with the Tatmadaw such as the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) to consolidate control and support ongoing militarization of the countryside. Elsewhere, Tatmadaw forces continue efforts to expand control of territory and civilian populations, particularly in upland areas in northern Karen State. Though the Northern Karen State Offensive ended in 2008, military attacks on villagers in hiding, and their means of survival, nonetheless continue.[2] According to the most recent figures, more than 70,000 villagers remain displaced and in hiding in northern Karen areas, of whom more than 28,000 have been displaced or re-displaced within the past year;[3] between August 2009 and July 2010, at least 95 more villages were destroyed, relocated or abandoned.[4] In 2010, disagreements between the Tatmadaw and some sections of the DKBA over the latter's absorption into the Tatmadaw as Border Guard battalions also increased insecurity for villagers in Pa'an and Dooplaya districts in central Karen State, as civilians worried that open conflict would return to the region.[5] Despite the many challenges to civilian security and livelihoods, however, villagers in eastern Burma continue to show bravery and resilience, employing a range of strategies to protect their families and communities from abuse and the effects of abuse. Photos included in the Photo Gallery are identified with alphanumeric characters shown below each image. To view the first instalment of KHRG’s Photo Gallery 2010, click here."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG)
Format/size: html. jpeg
Date of entry/update: 26 February 2012


Title: Myanmar/Burma - The World's Least Known Landmine Tragedy
Date of publication: 2011
Description/subject: 15 images of landmine victims..."Myanmar, or Burma, is home to one of the world's longest running civil wars. Conflict has occurred since the country gained independence in 1947. Mine warfare has been a feature of the conflict throughout that time. Mines are thought to be used by all parties to the conflict. No one knows how many people have been killed or maimed by mines. This photo exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives of a few of those who survived their mine injury and now live tenuous lives near the border with Thailand..." This exhibition has been co-sponsored by DanChurchAid (DCA) and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)
Author/creator: Photo: Giovanni Diffidenti; Art installation: Laura Morelli; Text: Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan
Language: English
Source/publisher: Giovanni Diffidenti, Photojournalist
Format/size: html; jpeg
Date of entry/update: 13 May 2012


Title: Photos of Burma
Date of publication: 1973
Description/subject: Cities/Buildings Archive. Architectural photos. Mainly pagodas.
Author/creator: Mary Lee Hu
Language: English
Source/publisher: University of Washington
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Photos of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on tour
Date of publication: 2003
Description/subject: Photos of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on tour -- in Arakan, in Chin State, in Magwe and in Mandalay. More on the ALTSEAN website (click on Alternate URL)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN)
Format/size: html (5K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Photogalleries/RoadtoDepayin.htm
http://www.google.co.th/images?hl=en&q=Photos+of+Daw+Aung+San+Suu+Kyi+on+tour%E1%81%8A/altsean&um=1...
Date of entry/update: 04 July 2010


Title: Portraits from Exile
Date of publication: December 2010
Description/subject: In May 2010, Human Rights Watch took leading portrait photographer Platon to the Thai-Burmese border to photograph former political prisoners, civil society leaders, ethnic minority group members, journalists and other people in exile from their country, Burma. All of those in this portrait portfolio have experienced human rights abuses in Burma and sought refuge in Thailand. Instead of being demoralized and defeated, they have united and use their shared experiences to educate and work for a better future for all of Burma’s people. Although forced into exile, they have not been silenced.
Author/creator: Platon
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 12
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 26 December 2010