~ Sakse means “witness & evidence”in Jinghpaw language. ~

We are creating a self-sustaining platform for

development, production, archiving & distribution of Kachin media,

across genres.

Sakse is opening up a still tightly sealed off region to the eyes of the world

by showcasing the emerging photo & film scenes

in the Kachin foothills of the Himalaya

Sakse’s history & 20 year vision

Sakse ဆိုတဲ့ကချင်ဘာသာစကားဆိုတဲ့ အဓိပ္ပါယ်က မျက်မြင်သက်သေနဲ့အထောက်အထားကိုဆိုလိုပါတယ်

Sakse ဆိုတဲ့ စကားလုံးကို ကချင်media ရဲ့ထုတ်လုပ်ရေး၊ရယူရေးနဲ့ဖြန့်ဖြူးရေး အတွက် self-sustaining platform တစ်ခုအနေနဲ့ ဖန်တီးဖို့ရန် ရှာဖွေတွေ့ရှိခဲ့ခြင်းရဖြစ်သည်။ ကျွန်တော်တု့်က research achive နဲ့ agency အနေနဲ့ရော လုပ်ဆောင်ပေးနေပါတယ် အဲ့တာက license images အနေနဲ့နဲ့လဲ ဖြစ်နိုင်ပါတယ်

~ Sakse means “witness & evidence” in Jinghpaw language.~

We are creating a self-sustaining platform for

development, production,

archiving and distribution

of Kachin media, across genres.

Sakse’s history & 20 year vision

We build microcosms of media,

which in turn gives birth to

a whole generation of media makers & educators

We build microcosms of media, which in turn gives birth to a whole generation of media makers & educators

Sakse By The Numbers

Years active in Kachin

EDK Contributors

Photo Exhibitions

Images in the archive

Photo Books in our Collection

Everyday Kachin Followers

Grant & Award money given ( MMK)

Workshop Participants

We are a

Photo Gallery

Photo book Library


Production Studio

Artist Residency

Photo Archive

We give grants, workshops, mentoring, Training of Trainers coaching, awards and grants.

Everyday Kachin is an official member of the Everyday Projects 

Photo by Hkun Lat

Photo by Yawng Htang

Photo by Htoi Awng

Photo by Ah Shawng Lasi

Photo by Zau Htoi Maran

Photo by Zau Moon Li

Please visit the dedicated Everyday Kachin website & follow on Instagram or Facebook

Sakse’s Show Reel

Sakse’s Events & Activities 

Sakse is active in many cities, including : Laiza, MaiJaYang, Je Yang IDP camp, Myitkyina & Yangon

Kachin media timeline 

Team Sakse

Ryan Libre

Director / Instructor

Ryan is a curator / visual artist. He’s been documenting and teaching local photographer in Kachin State since 2008. Ryan’s photography has been exhibited in museums, galleries & alleyways across the world. He’s the winner of Nikon’s Inspiration award and has received grants from the W.Eugene Smith Fund, Internews & the Pulitzer center as well as having given two TEDx talks.


Yawng Htang

Manager / Curator

Yawng Htang Zinghtung is a photojournalist based in Laiza, the Kachin Independence Army’s capital city.  After his villiage of Nam Sang Yang became the front lines of the fight between the KIO and the Burmese army, he and his family fled to the capital.  Studied at DVB’s (Democratic Voice Of Burma) Multimedia Academy Journalist Training in partnership with Chiang Mai University 3 month


Hkun Li

Instructor / Curator

Hkun Li is a documentary photographer from Myitkyina. He is an alumni from our programs, as well as an alumni of the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and the Angkor Photo Workshop. He has had solo exhibitions at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand , The London School of Economics and several others.
Hkun Li received first place at the Yangon Festival in 2020 for his photo project about forced marriages among Kachin IDP women to Chinese Business men titled ‘Beauty Queen’.

Doi Awng Sam

Studio Sakse

Production Manager

Sinwa Naung

Everyday Kachin 

Assistant Curator

Francis Wilmer

All Sakse projects


Francis is a British documentary producer, writer & photographer. His work spans multiple disciplines focusing on identity, class, indigenous rights and struggles for self determination. He's been focused on Kachin & the Burma peace process since 2015, working in journalism, media development & advocacy in Burma and the wider region.


Sakse's Board of Advisors

Our advisors give critical advice & networking to help drive Sakse and it's members to their goals

Lukas Birk

Lukas Birk

Archive Advisor

artist, archivist & storyteller. Lukas is the founder of the Myanmar Photo ArchiveFraglich Publishing.


John Novis

John Novis

Impact Advisor

After running Greenpeace's international media desk, John Novis knows how to use an image or media campaign to achive real world impact.


Jarrad Hope

Jarrad Hope

Strategic Advisor

Status co-founder


Naw Ming Lahpai

Naw Ming Lahpai

Honorary Advisor

Naw Ming worked with Sakse in the early days before he was shot & paralized documenting the conflict in Kachin

Chris Lowenstein

Chris Lowenstein

Film & Cinema Advisor

With a reputation for integrity and experience, Chris has lead Living films to become one of the top production houses in South East Asia. 


Advisor's Name

Advisor's Name

Local Knowledge & Networking Advisor

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Sakse’s photo Book & Film Library

The Sakse library holds over 300 hardback photo monographs. In addition to the physical library in Laiza, we have organized many photo book showcases & events at other spaces & events in Myitkyina & Yangon. Part of our collection was also donated to a photo gallery in Yangon.

Getting these photo books seen is very import for our work.

More about the library & photo book showcases

Ways to support Sakse’s mission

Where is Kachin?

Located in the Himalaya and her foothills, Kachin is between Tibet,Yunnan,NE India & Burma

Visit Studio Sakse


Visiting our new studio in Chiang Mai ( open from November '21 )

Open to the public Tue - Wed - Fri - Sun     Other days by appointment is possible and during events such as openings, workshops & cinema events.