Mao's photographer remembers

Discussion in 'Workshops & Lectures' started by Larry.Manuel, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Larry.Manuel

    Larry.Manuel Member

    Messages:
    291
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    Location:
    Kuiper Belt
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Link to Globe and Mail article [Toronto, Canada] from Oct. 1st, 2009.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/maos-photographer-remembers-great-helmsman/article1307672/

    Excerpt:

    Standing less than two metres from Mao Zedong as he stood on the rostrum overlooking Tiananmen Square, proclaiming that a new People's Republic had come to this ancient land, Hou Bo didn't have time to contemplate the moment. She just tried to hold her ground and take as many photographs as she could.

    Ms. Hou went through all eight rolls of film that she brought with her that day, but the only shot that mattered on Oct. 1, 1949, was the frame of Mao singing out his historic words to a bank of silver microphones. Taken with her German-made Rolleiflex camera, it was a photograph seen around the world, and it helped launch one of the most pervasive personality cults in history.


    [in the linked page] There is a photo of Ms. Hou holding a print of that famous exposure, as it appeared on the front page yesterday.
     
  2. David A. Goldfarb

    David A. Goldfarb Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    17,940
    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2002
    Location:
    Honolulu, Ha
    Shooter:
    Large Format
    Amazing how the print glows even in the photographs that accompany the article.
     
  3. brian d

    brian d Member

    Messages:
    396
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Location:
    Indiana
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Interesting , but it still brought to mind-you aint gonna make it with anyone anyhow...if you go carrying pictures of chairman mao RIP John and George
     
  4. Metroman

    Metroman Member

    Messages:
    113
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2006
    Location:
    On the beach
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I watched a documentary on the celebrations on Thursday, broadcast on France24 news channel. She is featured in the first part of it here:

    France24

    And Mrs Mao got her 10 years hard labour for taking "unflattering photos" of the Chairman! I was serving in Hong Kong 1969-1971 and my memories of the 'cultural revolution' were fishing dead, bloated bodies out of the water at the Naval base every single morning, after they had floated down the Pearl River from inland China.
     
  5. Mike Kennedy

    Mike Kennedy Member

    Messages:
    1,595
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2005
    Location:
    Eastern Cana
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Thanks for the link Larry.
    Great reading on this cold,rainy morning.