Burma: Something Went Wrong

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Portraits of Burmese pro-democracy students struggling against that country's military regime along its borders.

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Chan Chao was born in Kalemyo, Burma in 1966. He and his family left Burma for the United States in 1978. Chao studied photography under John Gossage at the University of Maryland. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he works as a freelance photographer.

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"Chan Chao's portraits are remarkable for the honesty with which they portray the plight of the people who are trapped in this terrible conflict. In his pictures one sees despair, defeat suffering and incomprehension; one see also the courage, fatalism and hope that has sustained this war for more than half a century. As a record of human suffering, Chan Chao's portraits are as valuable as Roger Fenton's pictures of the Crimean war, Robert Capa's photographs of World War II and Sunil Janah's images of the Bengal famine of 1942" Amitav Ghosh

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Book Description Nazraeli Press, in association with Light Work, Syracuse, New York, Tucson, Arizona, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine cloth, with dust jacket. Photographs by Chan Chao. Preface by Jeffrey Hoone. Afterword by Amitav Ghosh. 128 pp. with 77 four-color plates. 13-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 1000 hardbound copies. New in publisher's shrink-wrap. From the text by Jeffrey Hoone: "Chan Chao's family left Burma for the United States when he was 12 years old. Eighteen years later Chao returned to Burma with the intention of rediscovering and reconnecting with the culture and people he had left years before. Twice denied a visa by the Burmese government, Chao eventually made his way to the Thai-Burmese border where students had established several camps to launch guerrilla attacks against the military regime that controlled Burma with the goal of restoring democracy to the country. With the knowledge that Burma's military junta is one of the world's worst human rights violators, Chao's portraits are remarkable for the sense of calm and tenderness that he draws out of each of his subjects. Each portrait is made from an intimate distance, generously placing each subject in the center of the frame surrounded by the soft focus of the lush jungle beyond. In many of his portraits the subjects hold simple objects: a sickle, a saw, a large piece of fruit, a live chicken. These simple objects provide an elegant solution to the problem of portraiture where individuals are often unsure of what to do with their hands, and in that uncertainty convey stiff and formal poses. But the objects are also disarming because they signal the activities of a simple agrarian life, not one of armed resistance. This contradiction plays heavily into the power that each image conveys, because each person that Chao photographs displays a remarkable range of honesty and emotion that seems to long for a return to the simple pleasures of family, work, and relaxation --not another night of firing rockets or setting land mines."Chan Chao was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Bookseller Inventory # 100646

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Book Description Nazraeli Press, in association with Light Work, Syracuse, New York, Tucson, Arizona, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 2000/2002. First edition (the Limited Edition was issued in 2002). Special limited edition of 30 copies, each with one of three Type-C prints (10 copies per print). The print included in this edition is "Tin Taw Liang, 1997" (image size 9-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches; paper size 12-7/8 x 9-3/8 inches), signed verso in black ink by Chao. The print is protected by a hand-numbered archival overlay. Hardcover. Black cloth-covered boards; with photographically illustrated dust jacket; contained in a deluxe custom-made clamshell box in yellow cloth, with title debossed in blue and black. Photographs by Chan Chao. Preface by Jeffrey Hoone. Afterword by Amitav Ghosh. 128 pp. with 77 four-color plates. Book measures 13-1/4 x 9-3/4 inches; clamshell box measures 14-1/4 x 10-1/2 inches. New in publisher's original packaging (book, print and clamshell box all in flawless, pristine condition). Chan Chao was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. From the text by Jeffrey Hoone: "Chan Chao's family left Burma for the United States when he was 12 years old. Eighteen years later Chao returned to Burma with the intention of rediscovering and reconnecting with the culture and people he had left years before. Twice denied a visa by the Burmese government, Chao eventually made his way to the Thai-Burmese border where students had established several camps to launch guerrilla attacks against the military regime that controlled Burma with the goal of restoring democracy to the country. With the knowledge that Burma's military junta is one of the world's worst human rights violators, Chao's portraits are remarkable for the sense of calm and tenderness that he draws out of each of his subjects. Each portrait is made from an intimate distance, generously placing each subject in the center of the frame surrounded by the soft focus of the lush jungle beyond. In many of his portraits the subjects hold simple objects: a sickle, a saw, a large piece of fruit, a live chicken. These simple objects provide an elegant solution to the problem of portraiture where individuals are often unsure of what to do with their hands, and in that uncertainty convey stiff and formal poses. But the objects are also disarming because they signal the activities of a simple agrarian life, not one of armed resistance. This contradiction plays heavily into the power that each image conveys, because each person that Chao photographs displays a remarkable range of honesty and emotion that seems to long for a return to the simple pleasures of family, work, and relaxation --not another night of firing rockets or setting land mines." Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 100648

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