“Yangon Diary” is a photographical record of Peter Bialobrzeski’s stay in Myanmar’s most populous city between February 21 and March 1, 2019, and at the same time a survey into the city’s visual and social diversity and density.
In masterful compositions that feature elements of long-exposure photography, Bialobrzeski allows the streets and backalleys of Yangon the necessary frame-space to unfold into complex visual scenes.
“4th March 2016 (…) The whole city feels like Amazon in analogue: One street caters to home appliances, the next to tools, another one to the printers and paper merchants, while clothes are sold just around the corner. Huge markets are tucked away indoors behind the walls of brutalist soviet-style buildings. The courses are narrow and one doesn’t like to imagine a fire in there. Nevertheless, like everywhere in Yangon, people are friendly and smile at you. And: Unlike in most third world countries, the merchants are not harassing the stranger to buy something.”
— from Peter Bialobrzeski’s foreword “Yangon Diary”