Myanmar: The Kachin Struggle For Freedom. Image by Ryan Libre, 2008.

Pulitzer Center grantee Ryan Libre received the Howard Chapnick Grant to help open Documentary Arts Asia (DAA) center and library in Chiangmai, Thailand. Once open in February, 2012, the DAA center will provide support for documentary artists in Asia with various amenities including a gallery, a library and a workshop space. It will also bring in photographers or filmmakers to Chiangmai for a three-month residency program that allows selected artists to complete cultural, environmental or human rights documentary projects while advancing visual literacy in Thailand.

The Howard Chapnick Grant is a $5,000 annual grant awarded by W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund to encourage and support leadership in photojournalism-related fields.

Ryan Libre is an award-winning documentary photographer who has reported on the Kachin Independence Army with a grant from the Pulitzer Center in 2008. His photographs have also been exhibited at numerous venues including the Nikon Salons in Tokyo and Osaka, the Fuji Film Salon, The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand and The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

Project

The Himalayan foothills of northern Myanmar form the ancestral homeland of the Kachins, an ethnic group that has endured decades of brutal repression at the hands of the Burmese military. Starting in 1962, the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) waged a low-grade insurgency against the Burmese military.

Recently

KIA soldiers warm themselves around a coal fire on cold night at Laisin. Image by Ryan Libre, Myanmar, 2009.
December 7, 2010 /
Christina Maria Paschyn
Ryan Libre receives the 2010 Nikon Inspiration Award for photographs on the Kachin struggle for independence in Myanmar.
April 2, 2010 /
Nathalie Applewhite
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand April Photography Exhibition