Photograph by Zhang Yaxin—Courtesy See+ Gallery, Beijing, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto
In 1967, Zhang Yaxin was 34 and working as a photojournalist at China’s state-controlled Xinhua News Agency when he was assigned to a top-secret government project: to be the official photographer of a new arts program led by Chairman Mao and his wife.
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Click through and read the story. These photos are the kind of silly camp that does well on the internet these days, but they weren’t made during these days, and they weren’t made willingly.