Project Development: Photography with a Purpose with Myanmar Deitta

Written on January 7, 2021, posted in Preview

For two weeks in January, Philip Blenkinsop, Linda Bournane-Engelberth and Nicole Tung will be work­ing with 15 early-career pho­tog­ra­phers from Myanmar, look­ing at the devel­op­ment of pho­to­graph­ic projects with mean­ing and pur­pose.

There is far more to a great pho­to sto­ry than just great pho­tographs. A great pho­to sto­ry has to have mean­ing and pur­pose. A great pho­to sto­ry has to mat­ter.

For two weeks start­ing on January 11, Philip Blenkinsop, Linda Bournane-Engelberth and Nicole Tung will be work­ing young pho­to­jour­nal­ists to help them find and devel­op vital sto­ries. The online work­shop has been devel­oped as a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Myanmar Deitta and the VII Academy and forms part of Myanmar Deitta’s Contemporary Documentary Photography Practice pro­gram, run annu­al­ly out of Yangon.

The Myanmar par­tic­i­pants come from a range of back­grounds and dis­ci­plines, mix­ing pho­to­jour­nal­ists from the coun­try’s largest cities of Yangon and Mandalay with anthro­pol­o­gists, film­mak­ers, and those work­ing in Myanmar’s exten­sive civ­il soci­ety net­works. Stories will come out of Lashio in north­ern Shan State as well as from Kachin State’s Je Yang Internally Displaced Persons’ camp on the Myanmar-China bor­der. Two pho­tog­ra­phers will devel­op sto­ries in Rakhine State, which has found itself in the inter­na­tion­al news so much over the past few years but suf­fers from a lack of recog­ni­tion of cov­er­age by its own local pho­tog­ra­phers.

All fif­teen par­tic­i­pants will be led through the process of iden­ti­fy­ing, research­ing, plan­ning and shoot­ing projects which shine a light on local sto­ries which should demand our atten­tion and yet exist at a time when a glob­al cri­sis makes it far too easy for them to be ignored.

Check in with us again between 11th and 24th January when we’ll be shar­ing images pro­duced by the par­tic­i­pants.