50th Street to host first photo ex­hibit

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - RJ VOGT rj.vogt@mm­times.com

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.

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