That first day was history in the making. Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the icon of the democracy movement in Myanmar and daughter of an independence hero of the country, was appearing in public for the first time in many years. I knew these were not going to be ordinary images. Leave them big and don’t try to improve the perfect. If I could only make the frame wider to show the whole country celebrating her freedom… but to crop – no, no, no…


Aung San Suu Kyi smiles as she walks with National League for Democracy party members after being released from house arrest in Yangon November 13, 2010. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Euphoria continued the following day, as Suu Kyi gave her first speech after being released from house arrest before tens of thousands supporters packed on a street in front of her party’s headquarters.

The first speech after so many years – you know that’s important. Great pictures from my memory flashed in front of my eyes as I waited for files to hit my computer in Bangkok. All those great moments, all those speeches from balconies that made history… Khomeini, Martin Luther King, Obama, Mussolini, Romeo and Juliet, etc.

Bytes dropped onto my computer one by one and finally, after what seemed like eternity, the first big picture came in. It was beautiful. Pitch black background and beautiful light on the Lady’s face. The pictures were perfectly exposed, super sharp with lots of empty space around charismatic and beautiful Daw Suu.