November Exhibitions at The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.
featuring two photography shows on Burma
(Main Bar and Sushi Bar)
Saturday, November 6 to Friday, December 4, 2010
Opening party Nov. 8th from 7pm all welcome to attend
The Kachin by Ryan Libre (Main Bar)
In Burma everybody is oppressed, the Kachin being ethnic and religious minorities have it even
harder. The Kachin are abused by the Burmese military Junta and China who both take all the
resources they can and give nothing back. Neglected by the UN who came to Burma and didn't mention
the ethnic group's issues. Neglected by the media who continue to narrowly report on Aung San Suu
Kyi and the NLD. Yet despite the harsh realities of daily life and the grim prospects for the future
the Kachin are actively building up a civil society and full of faith that even when there seems to
be no way, somehow good will prevail over evil.
Ryan spends a lot of time getting to know his subjects and very little time post- processing. Ryan
has held solo exhibitions at the Fuji Film Salon, The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, and
Nikon Salons in Tokyo and Osaka. Winner of the 2010 Nikon Inspiration Award for an exhibition about
Kachin and recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant for his first trip inside Free
Kachin. Ryan has spent 3 years covering the Kachin and crosses illegally a few times a year into
Free Kachin from China. In addition, Ryan spends time with Kachin refugees and migrant workers in
Thailand and Japan.
The Prison Called Burma / Portraits of People who Long for Democracy by Katsuo Takahashi (Sushi Bar)
Phyu Phyu Thin volunteers her time giving HIV patients free medicines. She is not a doctor, but a
member of National League for Democracy (NLD). She has been involved in the struggle for democracy
since she was 18 years and served two prison terms for organizing demonstrations. Along with friends
and family, she is kept under close surveillance and frequently harassed by military intelligence.
Asked if she is scared, Phyu Phyu Thin answeres, "I'm not afraid of being jailed again because even
outside of prison, I'm in the prison called Burma."
There are many people like Phyu Phyu Thin. Not only members of NLD and other opposition parties, but
also activists, academics, journalists, lawyers, doctors, comedians, poets and monks. With the
upcoming Burma elections, it is especially important to listen their stories and see their faces and
share them with the world.
Katsuo Takahashi is a Japanese photographer currently based in Tokyo. He takes photos of people who
are the voice of the voiceless, that are on the edge and baring their soul. His recent work is
focused on Burmese migrants.
The Exhibition Committee