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Burmese refugee's photos go on exhibit today

A photo exhibit featuring the acclaimed work of Law Eh Soe, a Burmese refugee living in Buffalo, is set to open at 5:30 p.m. today in the CEPA Gallery at the Market Arcade Building downtown.

Regarded as a hero in his native land for photographing the 2007 "Saffron Revolution" and helping expose the brutality of the military regime, Law works as an interpreter for the International Institute of Buffalo.

The exhibit will feature 50 images, half of them in color and the rest in black and white. There will also be a 6 p.m. showing of the documentary "Click in Fear," which details Law's photojournalistic coverage of the revolution that helped lay the groundwork for the recent loosening up of military control in Burma.

One of Law's photographs was featured as the cover of a book by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, a leader of democracy efforts in Burma.

Other photos have been televised on CNN and printed in Time magazine, the International Herald Tribune and the Bangkok Post.

Lauren A. Tent, CEPA's education director, assisted Law in printing his negatives, which he had hidden in Thailand after fleeing Burma after the revolution.

"Law's photographs are beautiful and show us everyday life in Burma, and his love for his country really comes through in his photographs," Tent said.

Eva M. Hassett, executive director of the International Institute, helped organize the exhibit after viewing Law's work.

"We are all so proud of Law and proud to know him and all of the new Buffalonians," Hassett said. "I hope everyone can get the chance to attend."

The gallery at 617 Main St. will remain open until 8 tonight, and the exhibit continues through June 9 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday.

Funds for the exhibit were provided by Stanford Lipsey, publisher of The Buffalo News; the Baird Foundation; and 116 contributors to a special "Kickstarter" campaign.

"We got $4,500 from that campaign, and people all over the world contributed," Tent said. "It was phenomenal."

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