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TIME Burmese dissidents

Aung San Suu Kyi's World: Portraits of Burmese Dissidents and Activists

Working on a series originally entitled "Even Though I'm Free I Am Not," photographer James Mackay spent three years taking portraits of Burmese dissidents and democracy activists, including the Nobel laureate and famed Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi. In each photo, the subject lifts his or her hand in the classic Buddhist gesture of the abhaya mudra, a sign representing protection, peace and the dispelling of fear. Inscribed on their raised hands are the names of allies, friends, kindred spirits who were still in detention at the time the photo was taken.