Amplifying Alumni Voices
A VII Academy Documentary Project
Curated by Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz.
It is with pride and heavy hearts that we launch this page, dedicated to highlighting the ongoing plight of the civilian population of Myanmar through the eyes of VII Academy Alumni photographers; brave and selfless individuals who continue to risk their lives to document the ‘Peoples’ Revolution’.
We are witnessing through their eyes a civilian uprising born to confront the crimes against humanity being perpetrated by a corrupt and sadistic military junta.
70 days into the coup, the verified fatalities stand at over six hundred and thirty, a figure which includes women and children; Myanmar’s last independent newspaper was shut down on March 17th and in recent days, the ‘heroes’ of Kalay have shown remarkable bravery and determined resistance in standing up to the Tatmadaw with homemade muzzle-loading hunting-rifles.
There are whispers of a People’s Army in the offing.
Whatever the coming days, months and heaven forbid, years bring, it is a tragic state of affairs; a seed of pain and suffering sewn into the collective heart of the peoples of Myanmar, the effects of which will be felt for generations to come.
We encourage you to stand with these news gatherers; and show your support by sharing their images and testimonies.
Philip Blenkinsop, Daniel Schwartz and the VII Academy
As of April 10th, 38 journalists have been detained.