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In Burma, a festival puts humanity at the forefront of photography

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In the hall of Rangoon Central Station, a large format print of an unlikely encounter between a diver and a whale overlooks the waiting room and intrigues travelers. This is not a coincidence; the remarkable photo is one of the works exhibited in several public places in the city for the Yangon Photography Festival (YPF). For its 12th edition, the festival takes over new popular spaces where passiveness and idleness usually reign: the central station’s hall, and the Dala ferries and terminal. A spectator dressed in a longyi, the traditional Burmese attire, stops for several minutes to contemplate this underwater photo by Franck Seguin. The man’s name is Khin Maung Lwin. Today a taxi driver, he remembers the time when he, too, saw this majestic animal aboard the cargo ships he repaired in the waters of the China Sea and the Gulf of Oman. “It’s good to put the photos in popular and busy places, so that we can get to know the festival. Many people are also interested in the issues it addresses, especially on our own country “,...

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