The year 2020 is the year of Covid-19. It was difficult for me to take photos this year as I was locked up between the newsroom and home lock down. And I hope these images will give you a hint where I have been during this year.
Alal Sakhan village is a village where the majority of Mon ethnic people live. There are hundreds of houses and they are mainly engaged in gardening. It is a small village located at the beginning of the border of Tanintharyi Region and the end of Mon State in Southern Myanmar.
The power of the gaze applies to art (as Berger gleans in Ways of Seeing) and photography. Looking at someone using a camera or looking at images thus produced is clearly different from looking at the same person directly. Indeed, the camera frequently enables us to look at people whom we would never otherwise see at all. In a very literal sense, the camera turns the depicted person into an object, distancing viewer and viewed.
In this modernized world, the technology is allowing the visual journalists to edit the images which hard to detect manipulation. Even before editing the images, the journalist’s own gaze can frame the story. Journalists have the right to gaze the images as long as the images is not leading to misrepresentation. His own gaze should not let the realism and the truth to be disappeared or faint the true story. So, the question is who are the gatekeepers? I would say journalism should be the gatekeepers for those misrepresentation. We can address the misrepresentation by the help of fact checkers. Misrepresentation using images is using a picture from one situation to illustrate another situation. It’s important to be conscious of this because it might give the wrong decision to the people.
As a visual journalists, it’s very important to bring the truth with ethical standard to the viewer. Especially in Myanmar, Facebook is internet for most of the Facebook users and there is lack of double checking and most of them are believing the fake news and/or misrepresentation news. There are some fact checking pages to inform the fake news to people. But most of them are still far away to reach these fact check sites. Even some main stream media were once trapped with fake news and published that fake news. (http://burmese.dvb.no/archives/382527). I think we need to give awareness to viewers about misrepresentation things for the sake of truth.
— Kyaw Soe —
A journalist based in Myanmar.
Student of Diploma in Visual Journalism — The Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University
I choose Nick Danziger’s “Eleven Women Facing War”. This Story is about eleven women facing the war and conflict from 8 countries. Nick did their stories in 2001. The specialty of this story is Nick went back after 10 years in search of the eleven women documented in 2011…
Nowadays in Myanmar there is a new generation of young and talented photographers with a lot of inspiration. Even though we are still far from having proper photography institutions and training facilities, I do believe we have a promising and exciting future for the Photographic Society in Myanmar. …