New Series: kids Were alright - 2013v2023

Series: the kids Were alright - 2013v2023

These 2013 pre-coup photos taken in Myanmar are randomly combined with 2023 post-coup text posted by contemporary resistance fighters.

the kids Were alright - Myanmar 2013v2023

From 1962 to 2012, Myanmar was a military dictatorship closed off from the world. Myanmar opened to the world in 2012. In 2013, when I visited, there was so much hope. Cellphones were prevalent, and the kids absorbed everything from the web. The kids were creatively combining every influence. They mixed Myanmar’s traditional thanaka face paint with modernity. I was inspired because I knew - the kids are alright - and amazing.

In 2021 the junta again seized power in a coup. Massive peaceful protests were brutally put down and un-armed civilians were slaughtered. The People's Defense Armed Forces (PDF) was created to be the armed wing of the National Unity Government. Many youths joined the war against the military.

Ten years after I took photos of these marvelous kids, I wondered where they are now. In this series, diptychs juxtapose 2013 images with 2023 words from contemporary resistance fighters.

the kids Were alright - Myanmar 2013v2023
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More Myanmar Information

Myanmar or Burma?

In 1989, the Military Junta renamed Burma to Myanmar in an attempt to improve their ethno-nationalist credentials. Many in the West continue to use Burma in disdain for the Junta.

While I was in country in 2013, I asked the young what they called their country. Their answer was Myanmar. I was what they knew it as all of their lives.

While a variety of their elders may still refer it as Burma, I will defer to what the young in country told me.

Myanmar News:
Myanmar Now
Frontier Myanmar
Free Burma Rangers

Human Rights Organizations:
Burma Campaign UK
Clear View (Myanmar)
Mutual Aid Myanmar
Baydar Collective

kids Were alright Other Portfolios Resume

Arte Leguna 17: Selecton 2022
International Photo Awards 2008 to 2022
PDN Photo Annual, New York

Chosen Portland's Best Fine Art Photography

Show announcement press release: The Independent is pleased to present photographs by Brad Carlile as our inaugural exhibition. Carlile was one of the winners of the 2009 Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial. The Hearst Biennial judges Peter Lindbergh, Mary Ellen Mark, Steve McCurry, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, & John A. Bennette, III. chose 8 photographers from over 1,000 entries.

Empty hotel rooms from all over the world form the basis of these works, all shot in multiple exposures over time in slide film, with no post-exposure or digital manipulation. The rooms are electric with acidic color, yet spare and detached by virtue of their transient energy and occupation. The perimeters of shifted space and time are blurred, giving a result both classic and contemporary.

Houston Show
De Santos Gallery. Brad Carlile, Contemporary Fine Art Photograph, change highlighted with vivid color without digital manipulation, tempus incognitus
De Santos Gallery (Houston TX):
Jose (48"x60"), Bange, Rainie, Sevee, Alb (30"x40")



  1. the kids Were alright

    best friend

  2. Tempus Incognitus


  3. Night Amalgam


  4. Day Amalgam

    Day Amalgam 12

  5. Layer(s) Organic

    Branch to Flower

  6. About Flow


  7. Chaos for Amateurs

    running the punk

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Artist Resume - Curriculum Vitae (CV)


2016 Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MAC), Acquisition Show, Salta Argentina

2015 Ballarat 2015 Biennial, Austrailia

2009 Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial, Heast Tower, Brodovitch Gallery, New York

2008 Foreign potografias, MoMA Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (aquired 2011)


2014 Festival de la Luz Biennial, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2014 Galería Alicia D´Amico, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2011 Independent, Portland OR -Portland's best 2011

2010 De Santos Gallery, Houston TX

2008 Galerie Maurer, Munich, Germany

2004 Refracted Move, Pushdot Studio, Portland OR


2015 Radical Color, Newspace, Portland OR

2014 20th Annual , Griffen Museum, Winchester MA

2013 Archisle 2013, Société Jersiaise, Jersey, UK

2013 GeoGráfica, La Fototeca, Guatemala City

2013 Blue Sky's PNW Viewing Drawers, Portland OR

2012 Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE

2012 Slideshow, Annenberg Photo, Los Angeles

2012 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR

2012 Blue Sky's PNW Viewing Drawers, Portland OR

2011 Photo Review, Stephen Perloff, Langhorne, PA

2010 14th Friends of Friends Auction, New York

2009 Rooted, Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg

2009 Contemp Photo, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh NC

2007 photo:net, Thomas Kellner, Siegen, Germany

2006 Environmental Photo, Art Wolfe, Seattle WA

2004 Don O'Melveny Gallery, West Hollywood CA

2004 13th Hasselblad Super Circuit, Austria, Germany, Qatar, & China

2003 World Council for Arts, Herbst Exhibition, San Francisco CA

2003 Scene/Unseen, Runnels Gallery, Portales NM


2022 Arte Laguna Prize 17: Selection, Venice, Italy

2022 Deep Perspective, Int'l Photo Awards, New York

2016 Annual B&W Spider Awards, Beverly Hills, CA

2016 Int'l Color Awards, Beverly Hills, CA

2014 PDN Photo Award Winner, Fine Art, New York

2014 Deep Perspective, Int'l Photo Awards, New York

2013 Fine Art, Int'l Photo Awards, IPA, New York

2009 Hearst 8x10 Photo Biennial, Heast Tower, New York

2009 Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portand, OR

2006 1st Place, Photo Annual, Alaska Airlines

2005 Pacific NW Annual, Univ. of Oregon


"Contemporary Photographers With 'Radical Color'," Huffington Post, May 2015

"Tempus Incognitus," BETA in photography, Ballarat Int'l Festival, Dec 2014

"Tempus Incognitus," Exposure, Journal of the Society Photographic Education (SPE), Fall 2014

The jury isn’t out at the Griffin Museum,” The Boston Globe, 22-Jul 2014

Good Reason for a short trip to Delaware,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 29-Jul 2012

10 Favorite Visual Arts Shows of 2011,” Willamette Week, 28-Dec 2011

Brad Carlile: Confronting the myth of the great American road,” Willamette Week, 13-Jul 2011

"Brad Carlile at the Independent -- lost in space-time," The Oregonian, 4-Aug 2011

"Brad Carlile: photographing hotel rooms around the world," Portland Architecture, Aug 2011

"Photographer Brad Carlile sheds new light on hotel rooms", Houston Chronicle 9-Jun 2010

"ROOTED Exhibition", Luxembourg TV's KULTUR RTL.LU, Jul 2009

David-West, Haig, ed. Scene-Unseen. Portales: New Mexico, 2003


Huffington Post,
PDN Photo of the Day,
Apartment Therapy,
Design Taxi,
Portland Architecture,
Daily Serving,
Inkult Magazine,
New Landscape Photography,
Musee Vanguard Photography Culture,
Saathi Art,

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