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Monica Denevan –Portraits from Burma


These images are part of my ongoing series, “Songs of the River ~ Portraits from Burma,” which depicts the isolated figure within a spare and graphic river setting. For the past eleven years, I have been returning to Burma to photograph friends and acquaintances whose livelihoods depend on the Irrawaddy, a river that changes with every visit and season. Photographing in a country mostly known for it’s military junta and human rights record, I look instead toward the meditative, quiet elegance that I see at every turn and which reminds me of early 20th century photographs.

I began photographing in grade school borrowing my mother’s Instamatic and Voigtlander cameras. My fascination with making environmental portraits continued at San Francisco State University and when I began traveling years later. Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco now represents my work.

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