Burmese photographer Yu Yu Myint Than talks to us about education before the Saffron Revolution, Burmanization, the conflict in Shan state, dynamics between ethnic minorities, between the camera and the captured, how artists in Myanmar deal with censorship, the ethical dilemmas she faced as a documentary photographer, transnational collaborations, and how the personal is political.
Yu Yu Myint Than is Myanmar photographer based in Yangon. Previously a staff photographer at The Myanmar Times, she now focuses on personal photo documentaries. Yu Yu manages Myanmar Deitta, a non-profit organization which develops resources for photographers and filmmakers in Myanmar, and is one of the founding members of Thuma women’s photography collective. A 2017 Magnum Fellow, Yu Yu has also won several international scholarships and exhibited her work across the globe. She is a published photographer and is keenly interested in photobook-making as another layer of story-telling besides taking photographs. She has been working on personal stories looking at memories as well as human-rights related issues.