Minzayar

Minzayar

Based
Yangon, Myanmar
Born
Yangon, Myanmar
Status
Photographer, Text Reporter
Camera
Canon 5D Mark II, 7D
“I respect my subjects.”

Beat

I cover breaking news, feature stories, special reports and some other events.

One Shot

. Hpakant, Myanmar. Reuters/Minzayar
Hand-pickers search for jade amongst rubble dumped by mining companies at a jade mine in Hpakant township, Kachin State.
“This picture taught me that even simple and honest people will push themselves beyond their limits for the slightest chance of a shortcut to wealth.”

Profile

My earliest memory of photography is taking pictures of my family on a trip to Bagan when I was 10.

I learnt basic exposure methods and other technical aspects of photography from online blogs. But I learnt more important concepts and ideas mainly from Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj, and from a few other teachers as well.

My first ever photo assignment was to create a photo-essay named 'The Delivery' about Myanmar women giving birth in a government hospital.

Taking pictures for Reuters’ in-depth special reports excites me most, because it challenges my creativity and my emotions.

When I take pictures, the first audience I have in mind is my boss Damir Sagolj. Beyond him, I think of the bigger audience that would be affected directly by the images I take, and beyond that, the rest of the world.

I learnt my biggest lesson from the photo I took of the poor little puppy and its dead mother dog. The lesson was that there are rules when we take pictures, for example not interfering with the subject. But while following this rule, we have to try not to forget that we are involved in parts of society and its problems. After I took the picture of the puppy, I rubbed his head and gave him my deepest sympathy and sorrow. Finally, with the help of a kind local man on a motorbike, the puppy was sent to a monastery nearby. I wish I could go pay him a visit some day.

I respect everyone who plays a big role in society - people like politicians, journalists, editors and others. They have responsibility for making critical decisions and their role in the world is very important. Also, I respect my subjects.

I would like to say thank you to all my mentors, most importantly photographer Damir Sagolj.

Behind the Scenes

. Lashio, Myanmar. Pyay Kyay Myint
Reuters photographer Minzayar covers Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's campaign in Lashio.
. Kyaukphyu, Myanmar. Andrew R.C Marshall
Minzayar takes a picture of a burnt house in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State after a week of violence in the area.