Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/03/25

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Subject: [Leica] China 1976
From: images at (Tina Manley)
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:05:18 -0400
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Your photos are fantastic and deserve to be preserved somewhere.  They are
part of history.  I'm sure agencies would be interested.  Thanks for posting
them.  I'm looking forward to seeing more.


On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 6:18 PM, H&ECummer <cummer at> wrote:

>  Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:49:33 -0700
>> From: Adam Bridge <abridge at>
>> Subject: Re: [Leica] China 1976
>> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
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>> Howard,
>> We you in a position to photograph ordinary life at all or was that
>> proscribed?
> Foreigners were an oddity wherever we went. And so we were followed. My
> home telephone line was tapped. Sometimes you could hear them rewinding the
> tape when you picked up the receiver. Chinese people would side up to you
> and start a conversation and as soon as they saw the "gong an" (public
> security) following they would turn away. Pictures were easier when you 
> were
> photographing children and their families. Not an easy time for us - or the
> Chinese people.
>> My nephew was married in China last summer. My wife and many of her family
>> members travelled there, stayed in non-Western hotels, and had a wonderful
>> experience. I'd love to compare images from the 70s with the images she 
>> made
>> in 2010. What a revolution in 40 years. Probably not the one Mao had in
>> mind. Or maybe yes?
> If Mao were alive today and still in charge I am certain he would be
> appalled and try to start another cultural revolution to turn the people
> away from the capitalist road.
> China owes a great debt to Deng Xiao Ping who cast aside Maoist orthodoxy
> and said that it was alright to get rich, Deng was imprisoned by Mao's 
> widow
> and when he came back he had her and the "Gang of Four" arrested and tried
> for treason. I have pictures of that period too - big character posters and
> demonstrations. Then the restrictions on picture taking were lifted. The
> Chinese authorities wanted the stories told to the outside world.
>> Adam Bridge
> Howard
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