Rare Photographs Of 1960s Chinese Opera

Photographer Zhang Yaxin was one of the only people in China with access to color film during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Zhang was a photographer for Xinhua News Agency when he was chosen by Jiang Qing, the wife of Chairman Mao Zedong, to photograph the performances of the model operas she developed after the Communist Party leaders banned traditional Peking opera for being too bourgeois. Zhang’s photographs were shown at Stephen Bulger Gallery, in Toronto, earlier this month.

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