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Myanmar in black and white

A new photo book presents a clearer picture of the country's tangled recent history

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Myanmar has become the focus of much media attention over the last few years. It's a nation undergoing huge change within a culture stunted by 50 years of military rule. But while the generals kept Myanmar isolated and out of much of the world media's spotlight, one photographer _ Nic Dunlop _ trained a curious and critical lens on the country for more than 20 years. Now he's sharing his insights in a detailed new book about the country, Brave New Burma. 

FIRMLY IN CONTROL: Armed Forces Day commemorates the birth of the modern Myanmar army in 1945. In March, 2007, some 15,000 troops marched on a vast parade ground beneath statues of long dead Myanmar kings in Nay Pyi Taw. PHOTOS: NIC DUNLOP/PANOS PICTURES

Dunlop is known for finding Khmer Rouge executioner Kaing Guek Eav, or Comrade Duch, in hiding in Cambodia in 1999. He would finally watch him stand trial 10 years later, but his attention turned to Myanmar and its brutal regime much earlier, in 1992, when he started to visit border refugee camps.

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