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People in Northeast China (1991-1992)
By Lin Yonghui

Xinbin, Liaoning province, Jan, 1991

Xinbin, Liaoning province, Jan, 1991 [China.org.cn]


Lin Yonghui was born in Heilongjiang in 1952. His photographer career began in 1975 and he reported the massive Tangshan earthquake in 1976. During this period, Lin observed many photographers creating fake images to create indomitable legends for propaganda purposes. This drove him to quit news photography and he turned to documentary photography instead. The publication of "People in Northeast China" generated controversy around whether Lin's work would have a positive social effect. As a result the photos have become some of the most important works in Chinese photographic history.


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