About the Book
This book is a visual narrative of Burma in 2012 as the nation on the verge of its biggest political change to date.
I visited the fields and the workshops. I met the workers, the farmers and I talked to the monks in the monasteries. I joined the crowds travelling by boat, bus and train. I looked for the National League for Democracy remotest offices and I spoke to the dissidents. I walked with the first peaceful demonstrations; I defied the ban and glanced inside the polling stations.
I visited the NLD headquarters in Rangoon, celebrated with the newly elected members of Parliament, listened to the wisdom of senior leaders, and crossed the smile of ‘The Lady’: Aung San Suu Kyi.
My hope is that these images will encourage free people to use their liberty to promote the dream of the people of Burma.
My dream is that the people of Burma will one day look at these photos and remember this time as the start of a radiant future.
“Good photographers and good journalists are master at communication, with a talent for presenting as accurately as possible what is happening in one part of the world to the rest of the globe. They are a boon to those of us who live in lands where there is no freedom of expression… Please use your liberty to promote ours”
Aung San Suu Kyi
Features & Details
- Category Travel
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Softcover: 9781320299503
- Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781320299596
- Publish Date Nov 07, 2012
- Language English
- Tags Aung San, Inle Lake, Giraffe Women, National League for Democracy, Burma, Myanmar, Suu, Kyi, Asia, Elections, 2012, Rangoon, Yangoon, Democracy, Mandalay, Buddhism, Religion, Monks, Padaung, Pagoda, Temple, NLD, Regime, Fear, Euphoria, Freedom
Born in Rome, Italy, in 1970, Valerio Berdini has been living in the UK since 2001. Over the years his documentary work developed into a personal language that merges a traditional aesthetic, influenced by the masters of photojournalism, with an incessant attention to the evolution of the contemporary society. He has travelled since very young and the desire to meet new people, in their own culture, never stopped. Music fan and avid concert photographer, he has also built an extensive archive of several hundreds live rock bands. Valerio Berdini photographs have been exhibited, awarded and published internationally, including The Guardian, La Repubblica, Condé Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, L'Espresso, The Times and many more. He is a freelance photographer represented by REX Features.