Topic: Opera

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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Hussein Malla—AP

Pictures of the Week: May 25–June 1

From Memorial Day observances in the United States and an exchange of bodies in the West Bank to the massacre in Syria and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in England, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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