Chairman Mao Zedong's photographer dies at 88

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Lyu Houmin, the full-time photographer to Mao Zedong, founder of the People’s Republic of China, passed away in Beijing on March 9.

Lyu Houmin, center, took a group photo with the winners of a photography competition in Shanghai in 2010.[Photo/Xinhua] 


Born in September 1928 in Heilongjiang province, Lyu got his job as a photographer working for state leaders, including Mao and Premier Zhou Enlai, in January 1950.

Some of Lyu's most famous photos showed Mao in his study room and Mao playing table tennis.

Lyu was a counselor of the China Photographers Association.

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