Link to Globe and Mail article [Toronto, Canada] from Oct. 1st, 2009.
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.