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.
Li Zhensheng, Photographer of China’s Cultural Revolution, Dies at 79
With his camera and red arm band, he captured the dark side of Mao’s revolution at great personal risk. Many of the images were stashed under a floor, going undeveloped for years.
A Panoramic View of China's Cultural Revolution
The photographer Li Zhensheng documented China’s Cultural Revolution for his local paper in Harbin, but soon started taking pictures that didn’t align with the Community Party dogma and, fearing retribution, hid them.
Li Zhensheng’s photographs of the Chinese Cultural Revolution are perhaps the most complete and nuanced pictorial account of the decade of turmoil ignited by Mao Zedong.