Rangoon University

HM : Photos

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  • It is important to preserve and share old photos.
  • Before the advent of digital cameras and smart phones, it was not simple and cheap to take photos (let alone process them).
  • In my younger days, I had a Box Camera, and later Yashica Mat. Unlike my uncle and a cousin brother who are experts in developing films (in a dark room), I had to pay 25 to 50 pyas per print at a Studio (e.g. Ahuja). Later, there emerged professional photographers (e.g. Maung Maung Nhyat and his brothers) and freelance photographers (e.g. Dat Pone San Aung, Dhatu Kyaw Lynn, Maung Maung Soe).
  • Only those who won contracts had permission to take official photos at the Convocations. It was not compulsory to take and pay for the photos. Some, who did not order the photos, found their photos being displayed as examples of “Do not walk like this” and similar fun messages.
  • In the posts, there are individual photos and group photos (e.g. fresher welcome, farewell, graduation, newspaper clippings). Some have captions and dates. It is sad to note that some photos remind of people that are GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten).
  • In the early days, Color photos had to be sent abroad for processing. Our wedding photos were taken with the color film given to me by my elder brother. They were then sent to a friend who was studying abroad. The color photos faded over time.
  • With the advances in technology, even small children can take reasonably good photos. The photos can be edited (e.g. crop, color-adjusted).
  • Some unscrupulous people have “doctored” photos and presented them as “evidence” of news. One unethical researcher “duplicated” data to “get favorable results”.

Htein Win

  • Took photos of the Ah Yay Ah Khin mostly from a saya’s house in the Main Campus.
  • Gave photos to some friends and to an organization overseas (for storage).
  • With the Pwint Linn era, he was able to get back the archived photos from overseas.
  • Managed to get articles from some of the participants in the Ah Yay Ah Khin.
  • Ko Khin Maung Zaw bought a book from Myanmar and then mailed it to me.
  • In November 2019. I was invited to attend the 5th Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay.
    Met Ko Htein Win who had a book stall at the Festival.
    He gave me an autographed copy of the book about 8-8-88.

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