In a reprise of the wildly successful first run of Photographers Gone Wild, the 2017-18 Myanmar photo tour edition promises to be the best ever. Of course you will get creative angles on Iconic Myanmar that will include insider locations and model shoots. You’ll travel and photograph from Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda and amazing street life to the floating world of Lake Inle to the surreal temple-scape of Bagan to the many marvels of Kipling’s Mandalay.
But that’s not all! No sir. The “wild” aspect takes you well off the beaten path to legendary Chin State, where you will get the rare opportunity to photograph the last of the Chin “tattoo tribes”. Centuries ago these tribes practiced ritual cannibalism of their enemies and the thieving of females. To combat the thievery, they created their own branding designs, on the faces of the women! Over time these tattoos became a source of beauty and pride. Outlawed in 1960’s, the practice, as far as we know, has finally come to a halt. The youngest are now in their 30’s & 40’s, with the majority in their 70’s and 80’s. (One woman is rumored to be in her early 20’s, but we have not yet located her. Perhaps this time?).
As for your fearless, inexhaustible leader on this Myanmar photo tour adventure… First, we’d like to publicly congratulate Kyaw Kyaw Winn on becoming executive editor of the U.K’s Digital Photography magazine, Burma edition. “K.K” has been guiding international amateurs and professionals alike on photo tour workshops for years, and knows Myanmar and her often ethereal light like no one on the planet. He knows his way around a camera as few do, and regularly teaches workshops both for Nikon and the Myanmar Photographic Society, where his amiable and inspirational approach packs the house every time. He will be assisted on tour by award winning photojournalist turned travel photographer, Boothee Thaik Htun.
Please note this photo tour has been designed for photo enthusiasts of any skill level – novice to advanced – interested in broadening their photographic horizons and learning how to make pro quality images in one of the most photogenic nations on earth.
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