Myanmar is going through turbulent times with violence spreading between different religious groups throughout various regions of the country. For now, Yangon-its former capital- still has a majority of acceptance of people from all beliefs. Wether it be Hindu, Christian, Buddhist or Muslim, this pool-hall on the side of a small shack depicts the sense of diverse community in the streets of Yangon and its tolerance for one another. The way the Burmese play this version of pool which they call 'Pe Chaé', is quite different to the west. The game here is a combination of playing cards with American pool, where each player has to put in the balls according to the numbers on their deck of cards. Pe Chaé plays an important role in social interactions between Burmese men, and although most games are played for money, the atmosphere here is of friendship and respect.
Rubén Salgado Escudero is an award-winning photographer born in Madrid, Spain. In 2013 he decided to move to Myanmar, following his passion for photography. His work mainly focuses on conceptual-artistic documentary projects, with the aim to tell stories in an original, non-classic way to raise awareness about social issues.
Rubén's works have been exhibited and sold in more than over 20 cities across the world including New York, London, Tokyo and at the “Rencontres D'arles” festival in France. He is a member of 'The Photo Society', a community of National Geographic Magazine photographers with over 4.5 million followers on Instagram.
His projects have been published in most major international publications, including National Geographic Magazine, TIME, GEO, The New York Times and has won various international awards including the Sony World Photography Award, two years in a row.
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