Min Zayar

A puppy stands by the remains of what is believed to be its mother. East Pikesake ward, Kyaukphyu, Myanmar, 2012.

Min ZayarStarting out as an award-winning classical pianist, Min Zayar sold his piano to buy a camera. A few months later he had his first international breakthrough when his photograph of Burmese political icon Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on the front page of the International Herald Tribune during the country’s 2012 by-elections.

Twelve months earlier, Min Zayar had depicted the struggle of giving birth in Myanmar in his first workshop photo-essay. Calling on his background as a medical student, he slipped in unnoticed into the birthing unit of the Yangon General Hospital and produced a series of beautiful and haunting photographs of Burmese women in labour.

Today Min Zayar is based in Yangon and works for Reuters. He has covered many important news stories in Myanmar, being published worldwide in the International Herald Tribune, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian and MSNBC. A founder of Myanmar Image Makers (MiM), Min Zayar has also won awards at the Yangon Photo Festival and recently the 9th China International Press Photo competition.