Artist Bio


Yu Yu Myint Than is a Myanmar photographer based in Yangon. She used to be a teacher trainer whilst pursuing her passion for photography. In 2014, she won a scholarship to the International Reporting Workshop, a three-month educational program that included training at the prestigious Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.

Upon completion of the program Yu Yu became a staff photographer for The Myanmar Times and worked there for 11 months. After realizing herself that she couldn’t be photographically much more maturely while working for daily newspaper. She decided then to be a free-lance documentary photographer and joined Myanmar Deitta, a non-profit organization that works to develop resources for local photographers and filmmakers, where she works on developing educational programs of photography. 

Yu Yu is a fellow of the Magnum Foundation's Photography and Social Justice Program taught out at New York (2017-2018) and won the scholarship for the Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass organized by Obscura Photo Festival in Penang, Malaysia, 2016. 

She is interested to photograph hidden stories on gender issues and human rights and she has the strong obsession of capturing emotion, memory and dreams. 


Awards and Scholarships

2017 | Fellowship for Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program

2017 | Scholarship for Visual Story Telling and Documentary Photography, Anderson Ranch Arts Centre

2016 | Scholarship for Angkor Photo Festival and Workshop

2016 | Scholarship for South-East Asian Photography Master Class by Obscura Festival

2015 | Golden Scarf Award - Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Bali

2015 | 3rd Prize - My Yangon My Home Photo Competition, Yangon Art and Heritage Festival 


Exhibitions and Books



2016 | “Mystery” - The Rough Cut, Yangon, Myanmar


2017 | “we will have been young”, South-East Asian Photography Showcase, Obscura Festival of Photography, Penang, Malaysia.

2016 | “Featured Collective”, Myanmar Deitta Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar.

2016 | “Unearth”, Suwon International Photo Festival, Suwon, South Korea.

2016 | “Unearth” - Photojourn Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

2015 | “Unearth” - Myanmar Deitta Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar

2015 | “Framing the Transition” - Myanmar Deitta Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar 


2017 – “we will have been young” , Collective photo book, published by dienacht Publishing 


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