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Li Zhengsheng : The Genius who photographed the Cultural Revolution

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This is Jean Loh’s tribute in memory of the greatest Chinese documentary photographer Li Zhensheng born in Dalian 18 August 1940 and who passed away in New York on 22 June 2020 at the age of 80 years old. We can say that Li Zhensheng has “photographed the Cultural Revolution”, as if a revolution that has lasted 10 years (1966-1976) were photographable by one single man. But “photograph” Li did indeed. A graduate of the Changchun Film Institute, Li Zhensheng started photographing the prelude of the Cultural Revolution, when he was assigned to the Heilongjiang Daily as a photo-reporter to...

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