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Red-Color News Soldier

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The Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) was one of the most catastrophic political movements of the 20th century. Photo-journalist Li Zhensheng managed to preserve over 20,000 stills, 400 of which are presented in this collection and which capture and explain the turbulent events of the period.
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Phaidon Press (first published 2003)
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Patrick
Oct 27, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: china
This book is an absolutely amazing and beautiful collection of photographs from a seemingly confusing and very complex time period of Chinese history: the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The author was a professional newspaper photographer in China's northern-most province, Heilongjiang, during the time before, during, and after the GPCR. His pictures really do say a thousand words and the book can occupy you for hours. I found myself just staring at each individual face in some of the ...more
Daniel
Sep 20, 2007 Daniel rated it really liked it
Book of photography from the Cultural Revolution in China, with accompanying text by the photographer. Very interesting, and eerily unimpassioned, considering he and his family went through all that the book tells.
Michael
Aug 06, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
This book is a photographic journey through the cultural revolution. The author was a photojournalist who kept the negatives that the party would have rather had been destroyed. Fantastic summary of what it would have been like to live through the turbulance.
Tom
Feb 16, 2010 Tom rated it it was amazing
Fascinating archive of photos and anecdotes from the Cultural Revolution. I've spent more time with the photos, and they're powerful and disturbing stuff. A window into a momentous time.
Paul
Apr 07, 2010 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-asia
This book is beautiful. It is a collection of photographs spanning 1964-1980 in China, revealing a very intimate and unfiltered (however much you can gauge such a thing) perspective of the Communist/Cultural revolution and its reverberations and phases.

Li Zhensheng was working for the Newspaper of his northeastern province, Heilongjiang, and many of the photos are centered around what became a larger industrial city in the province, Harbin, so the perspective of the photos could be said to be l
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John
May 24, 2016 John rated it really liked it
One hears of all the terrors and madnesses of the Cultural Revolution but would still be shocked by the sheer power of truth presented by these photos. Understanding this part of history is crucial to understanding the great economic progress that was to follow when the country finally was ready to develop itself in a rational manner. After going through such turmoils, during which selling some commodities was a crime punishable by death, it's easier to imagine how big the new incentives, which ...more
Mark Marshall
Dec 30, 2014 Mark Marshall rated it it was amazing
I should preface that I am not an expert on the history of China. But this profoundly interesting inside pictorial documentary of the Cultural Revolution is a must-own for those interested in the history of Communism in the 20th Century.
Ian Willey
Aug 29, 2016 Ian Willey rated it liked it
Bought from The Works on sale at £1 and was well worth reading at that price but not the £25 normal price tag. Quite repetitive but gives a good indication what it must have been like during this period of China's history.
Tegan
Mar 21, 2008 Tegan rated it it was amazing
I haven't really "read" this book--I got it to use the photographs in a project. This book is worth owning just for the pictures. They're powerful, and frightening.
Andrew
Apr 08, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Narrow, but great account of Cultural revolution, focusing on one person and his northern city. mainly a photographic history, but with enough context to aid the reader right along.
Nancy
Jan 09, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
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The author was a news photographer in China. He writes of how he became a news photographer, and his photographs are a sometimes horrifying document of the excesses of the government.
Ianluna
Sep 07, 2008 Ianluna rated it it was amazing
confess your crimes! if martin parr decides to curate a third volume of his photo book series, this has to be on there.
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