Writers

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John Falconer

who will contribute an illustrated essay on early Burmese photography, is Lead Curator Visual Arts and Curator of Photographs at the British Library, London. He specializes in 19th-century photography and is an authority on the history of photography in Asia, particularly the Indian sub-continent, Central and Southeast Asia. He has published extensively in these areas and is the author of the first detailed history of early photography in Singapore and Malaysia. He has also curated numerous photographic exhibitions, both in the United Kingdom and internationally.

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Denis D. Gray

who will write the introduction to the book, a profile of Myanmar past and present, was born in the Czech Republic and resided in Germany, South Africa and France until his university education at Yale and George Washington. He served in Japan and South Vietnam as a U.S. Army officer before joining The Associated Press in Albany, New York, in 1972. A year later he was assigned to cover the war in Indochina. Since 1975 he has reported major stories for the AP in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, ranging from coups in Thailand to Olympic Games and the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, the Balkans and elsewhere. He has also contributed to numerous magazines including the Smithsonian, National Geographic, GEO Germany, Travel and Leisure and Reader’s Digest. He first went to Myanmar in the mid-1970s and has covered the country since, although he was banned from entering the country for many years. He was removed from the black list, along with many colleagues, not long after President Thein Sein took office.

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Nicholas Grossman

who will write the text on the making-of-the-book, grew up in Boston before moving to Thailand in 2002. He has spent the last decade working first as a print journalist, mainly as a features writer, and then as an editor for Editions Didier Millet. His recent books for the company include King Bhumibol Adulyadej:A Life’s Work, Thailand At Random and Chronicle of Thailand: Headline News Since 1946.

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Dr Thant Myint-U

Dr Thant Myint-U is an historian, a former United Nations official, and author of three books on Myanmar. He is currently the Chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust, a Special Adviser to the Myanmar Peace Centre a member of the (Myanmar) National Economic and Social Advisory Council, and the Vice Chairman of the World Economic Council's South East Asia Council. Born in 1966, he was educated at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and taught for several years as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has also served on three United Nations peacekeeping operations (in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia) and worked for seven years with the UN Secretariat in New York, including as the Chief of Policy Planning in the Department of Political Affairs. His most recent book, Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia was shortlisted for this year's Bernard Schwartz Award by the Asia Society.

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Patrick Winn

Patrick Winn is the senior Southeast Asia correspondent with GlobalPost, an award-winning foreign news agency based in Boston. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, CBS News, PBS News, CNBC, The San Francisco Chronicle and many other outlets. In 2013, he was named as a finalist for the Livingston Awards, among America's top awards for young journalists, and his 2011 series "Burma Rebooted" won awards for investigative journalism from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He has written articles and produced video on Myanmar's conflicts, politics, poverty and pop culture trends since 2009.