Myanmar Photo Archive is a physical archive of photographic materials from Myanmar. The materials range from studio portraiture, private photo albums, official photography, company records, scientific research photography, documentary images as well as studio accessories, slides and negatives. The archive aims to create a comprehensive record of photographic materials and culture and provide historic context to the materials within the archive. Currently, the earliest images are from 1890 and range until the present decade.
There is great urgency in collecting the rapidly disappearing original materials as well as trying to understand photographic culture from those practitioners who remain to tell the stories of their work before digital times.
The archive is experimenting with different forms of cultural preservation. One of the current projects is @irene_mynamar on Instagram.