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Burma's elections have widely been seen as a contest between its military rulers and the saintly Aung San Suu Kyi. But, as I know from years of taking photos there, the reality is more complex

By Nic Dunlop   November 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi: she has now spent 14 years under house arrest

A soldier outside his encampment in eastern Burma

Click here to view more of Nic Dunlop’s images from Burma and to hear him discussing his work

In 1995, I travelled to Burma to photograph its most famous daughter: Aung San Suu Kyi. Her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), had won the elections five years before but the country’s military dictatorship had refused to give up power. Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest, had been awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1991 and was already an icon. Over the previous few years, I had met western activists…

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