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Work of legendary photographer on display in Beijing

(China Daily)    10:59, July 09, 2015
Norman Bethune.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Legendary photographer Wu Yinxian (1900-94) is noted for capturing many images of Yan’an, the cradle of communist revolution, from the 1930s to 1940s. The photos are of great historical significance as they reflect the political, military, economic and daily life of CPC members, especially the leadersincluding Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.

A retrospective now at the Beijing’s National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) reviews Wu’s lifetime dedication to photography, tracing it back to his purchase of a second-hand Brownie Junior camera in the 1920s.

The exhibition displays about 230 photos and documents, half of which were recently donated to the NAMOC by Wu’s offspring.

Wu cultivated his interest in photography when studying oil painting at the Shanghai Fine Art School established by artist Liu Haisu. Later when he taught at a primary school, he kept taking photos that show landscape and the hardships of common people.

He moved to Shanghai in the late 1920s and worked as photographer at film companies. His talent was recognized. He held photo exhibitions and took part in several films.

In 1938, Wu went to Yan’an to film a documentary about young people coming from across the country to join the CPC. The trip also changed his life –he stayed and became a CPC member. His photos taken afterwards kept a record of how CPC armies fought against Japanese invaders. He once said that, “Yan’an shapes who I’m.”

The exhibition lasts until July 16.


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