Topic: Chang Yaxin

Zhang Yaxin—Courtesy See+ Gallery, Beijing, and Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto

Zhang Yaxin: Photographing Chairman Mao’s Model Operas

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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