Law Eh Soe, Photojournalist and Burmese Refugee, Will Offer Talk on Struggle for Democracy in Burma April 3

Law’s Presentation is part of the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Lecture Series at Daemen College


March 7, 2012 



Information: Daemen Conference

                        and Events Office




Program:   Cathaleen Curtiss

                   Coordinator-Daemen Interdisciplinary

                   Minor in Entrepreneurship Program





Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations




           On April 3 the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Lecture Series at Daemen College will present Law Eh Soe, a Burmese refugee who fled Burma in 2008 with the help of the International Institute of Buffalo. Law, a photojournalist, will talk about the people of Burma’s struggle for democracy. Law's photographs covering demonstrations in Burma by students and monks have received international attention.


           Co-sponsors of this event include Cathaleen Curtiss, Coordinator, Daemen Interdisciplinary Minor in Entrepreneurship Program; Cheryl Bird, Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement; Laurie A. Walsh, Faculty Senate President and Associate Professor/Department Chair,History & Government; and Sharlene M. Buszka, Associate Professor/Department Chair, Business Administration


            This presentation will be held 5 p.m. in Alumni Lounge in Wick Center on the Daemen campus, 4380 Main Street, in Amherst. Law’s talk is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion and light refreshments.  


           Law Eh Soe was born on March 19, 1971, in a rural village in eastern Burma. The village was so rural that there was no electricity. Law’s family moved around a lot, always in the country. 


           Law finished high school in 1988. Because of a political uprising that year that closed all universities and colleges, he needed to wait four years to enroll in University. It was during this four year period that Law learned to use a camera. Law’s father had also been a photographer for the newspaper.


           From 1991 to 1996, Law studied at Rangoon University, concentrating in legal studies.  


           From 1996 to 2000, Law worked for a private company, often for as little as $5/month.  


           Beginning in 2000, he worked for several Thai-based nonprofit organizations to work on photo essay projects focusing on human rights and environmental issues. Law bought his first camera in 2000. 


          This NGO work exposed Law to the role of the photojournalist; in 2001 he attended a gathering of south Asian photographers in Jakarta, sponsored by World Press Photo. As a result of this, Law began work in 2003 for Agence France Presse (AFP). He worked as a photojournalist with AFP from 2003 to 2005.


          In 2005 Law began work for the European PressPhoto Agency (EPA); he worked for EPA until September 2007 when there was a violent uprising in Burma. Law covered the uprising, and many of his photos were used in the international press during that period (CNN, Time, etc).


Just after the uprising, a Japanese photojournalist was killed. Law was approached and it was recommended that he leave Burma for his safety. Law relocated to Thailand’s refugee camps until he was sent to America and Buffalo.


           Law arrived in Buffalo on March 19, 2008 – his birthday.


           Law lives on the west side of Buffalo with his wife, Helen, his mother and two brothers and works as a translator for the International Institute of Buffalo.


About Nancy Haberman Gacioch


           Nancy Haberman Gacioch ’62 studied social studies and economics at the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College. Through a new lecture series that bears her name, Gacioch hopes to provide a significant incentive for students and others in the area of business entrepreneurship. 


           Widely known for their philanthropy in Buffalo and Erie County, Nancy and Bill Gacioch have had enormous success in creating a business that employs 300 people and provides housing for over 20,000 tenants around the country. National Property Management Associates (NPMA), now headquartered in Orchard Park, was founded by Bill Gacioch more than 45 years ago. 


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