Bellay Studio collection [1969-1982]

Studio portraits taken between 1969 and 1982 by Har Si Yoi at Bellay Photo Studio. After Har Si Yoi's death in 1988 his son Tun Tun Lay took over the studio. Most images are taken on medium format film and a few on large format negatives (where indicated). The images range from portraits, photographs for national identiication to wedding and university graduation imagery. The photo studio is located on 22nd Street in Yangon's city center and very close to China town. Many of the people photographed were of Chinese ethnicity a community that suffered greatly under the regime of General Ne Win. The images were taken by Har Si Yoi (1934-1988) and have remained in the studio facility ever since. The storage space has issue due to humidty and termites and the negatives that were still intact were kept in plastic bags after 2010. Arrangement: Numbered by theme: Infants 1-179, Children 180-413 , Couples 414-631, Female Portrait 632-1669, National Identiy Card photographs 1670-1769 & 4422-4464, Whole Body Female Photo 1770-2143, Graduation 2144-3334, Friends & Family 3335-3858, Male Portrait 3859-4192, Weddings 4193-4349, Whole Body Male Photo 4350-4420.
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