50th Street to host first photo exhibit
LONG a haven for sports fans, 50th Street Restaurant & Bar is diving into new territory this week.
The storied pub will host its first photography exhibition on November 17, showing work from local teacher and photography buff Marie Starr.
Sammy Grill, the 50th Street manager, said the idea came to her after she realised that downtown Yangon lacks a full array of outlets for photographers to show their stuff.
“Photography has always been a passion of mine personally, and I believe a lot of people in Yangon can say the same thing,” she said.
“I know talented photographers throughout this city and I felt it was time to be able to exhibit some of this talent.”
Marie Starr is one of those talents, having travelled extensively in Myanmar over the last three-anda-half years.
She describes her work as “diverse”, reflecting the varied backgrounds of the country’s small corners and rural ways of life.
“I thrive on connecting with a person and telling their story through photographs,” she said.
“My passion lies in in exploring, with my camera, the intriguing and intricate tapestry that is the peoples and landscapes of Myanmar.”
At the show – which starts at 7pm – Starr plans to sell self-designed Christmas/greeting cards to raise money for the Hway Ka Loke migrant school on the Thailand border.
Local jazz band The Bamboo Trio will be performing their usual Thursday night slot as well.
The exhibition could be the first of several, as Grill said she hopes the event is the start of a photoexhibition tradition at 50th Street.