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“There’s no trace of Hong Kong’s colonial past left in the city’s architecture – it’s all been torn down.” “The city has lost its historical architectural identity. Don’t let that happen to Yangon!” It’s stern warnings like these that came from a range of experts who attended the Yangon Heritage Trust’s International Conference in June 2012. The YHT had put out a call out for help to save Yangon’s colonial buildings, and documentary photographers Jacques Maudy and Jimi Casaccia felt compelled to answer. The result is a stunning body of images of these buildings now published in a glossy high-quality coffee table book titled Yangon, a City to Rescue.
Yangon is an Asian city on the cusp of rapid growth and change. Fast-built sharp, modern buildings might be sprouting-up quickly, but there’s no crowding-out the stunning and intact architectural jewels that help tell the story of Burma’s colonial past. Wander down just about any street in the city of six million people and you’ll see them – from apartment buildings, to dramatic public structures. Until recently, Burma’s relative isolation from the rest of the globe has vicariously helped to preserve these stunning examples of grander times in the country’s history. Now, as the government makes steps towards democracy, there’s a rush of economic interest in Myanmar from the outside world that almost threatens to overwhelm the country.
It’s a state of affairs that’s also echoed in the fate of the city’s colonial buildings, many of which have already been demolished because of their poor state of repair, or to simply make way for the new. It didn’t take any convincing for Jimi Casaccia and Jacques Maudy to volunteer to help the YHT tell the story of Burma’s proud past. Working on the cusp of Myanmar’s dramatic monsoon season, they managed to capture vivid images of Yangon’s colonial buildings in a way that’s never been seen before. In the process, the resulting photographs give the outside world a tantalising glimpse of this fascinating country and its proud people, who are also experiencing a rapid rate of change.
Jacques and Jimi have documented Yangon’s colonial buildings in the most comprehensive suite of awe-inspiring images that have ever been produced of Yangon’s colonial buildings. Their photographs allow the majesty of these buildings to speak for themselves, and are so vital that you’ll literally gasp at the majestic height buildings like the High Court. You’ll marvel too at the majesty of the historic Secretariat building – the main seat of government in Burma until quite recently. Few civilians have ever been allowed inside this stunning building since the assassination of General Aung San – Aung San Sui Kyi’s father.
Jacques and Jimi’s photographs have already generated a huge amount of excitement when they were appropriately exhibited on the walls of Yangon’s historic Strand Hotel during the May/June YHT International Conference. These images also helped in part to draw the government’s attention to the vast architectural wealth that it possesses.
Whether you’re a town planner, architect, have a passion for grand buildings in the colonial style or simply an interest in beautiful travel photography you will want to own THE definitive book of images of Yangon’s colonial architecture.
“Yangon a City to Rescue” has been fully funded by private donations from all around the world, GMT Gracious Myanmar Travel and the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS – Thailand).
“Yangon a City to Rescue” by Jacques Maudy & Jimi Casaccia
Photo coffee table book. 60 pages format landscape 20 x 30 cm.
Over 80 colours photographs (buildings, street scenes and portraits).
Retail price $39 (MMK32,795)
Introduction by Robert H. Taylor, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore, and author of “The State in Myanmar”
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Launch and presentation of “Yangon A City to Rescue”
The Australian Embassy Club of Yangon
18 Golden Valley Road, Bahan Township (next door to ISY – International School Yangon)
Monday 22th April 2013 at 6 pm to 8 pm
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