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Sixty-five original and mostly unpublished photographs from the student-led Chinese Pro-Democracy Movement in Beijing, including images from the massacre at Tienanmen Square on June 4, 1989.

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Twelve black-and-white photographs, possibly press photos, measuring 4 x 6 inches each, together with fifty-three color photographs measuring 3.5 x 5 inches each. Holograph notations in Chinese on the verso of thirteen photos. All images in very good to near fine condition. Remarkable collection of photographs, mostly dating from late April to June 1989, during the weeks of the vibrant Pro-Democracy protests as they grew from college campuses to Tiananmen Square. The protests followed the April 15, 1989 death of Hu Yaobang, the leading proponent within the Chinese Communist Party for economic and political liberalization. The photos document marches, rallies, banners, hand-made posters, signs & cartoons, as well as memorials to the dead after the protests were brutally crushed by the Chinese government on June 4, 1989. At the verso of some images is explanatory or descriptive text in Chinese. Seven of the photos are annotated with "89.5.19" (May 19, 1989) which is the date when student leader Wang Dan met with Chinese Premier and Communist Party hardliner Li Peng to discuss goals of the protest movement. Most of these photographs were printed in December 1990 (and stamped thus), long after the protest movement was smothered. This indicates the film likely was smuggled out of China and later processed in the US or another English-speaking nation. More detailed description of the material available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 4981

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