James Mackay is a documentary photographer based in South East Asia and the UK. He graduated from Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design in London and has worked extensively in Burma, often undercover, documenting humanitarian and political issues in the military controlled country. Working in close collaboration with a number of exiled Burmese organisations as well as underground networks both inside and outside Burma, he has been undertaking a number of long-term projects documenting the democracy movement, political dissidents, human rights defenders and in particular the issue of Burma’s political prisoners.
His work has been featured in film, books and by a number of leading newspapers, magazines and human rights organisations including The New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Observer, Le Monde, The Bangkok Post, The Irrawaddy, VOGUE Japan, VOGUE UK, Dazed & Confused and Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. It has also been exhibited in galleries in London, Bangkok, New York and Washington DC and has been recognised with several awards.
In November 2011 his long term project documenting Burma’s political prisoners will be published as the book “Abhaya: Burma’s Fearlessness” featuring a foreword by Aung San Suu Kyi. The work has also been selected to be shown as part of the Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls 19 programme in New York and Washington DC throughout 2012/13.