Li Zhensheng took a position as a photographer for a daily newspaper in Heilongjiang province in in 1963, three years before Mao would begin the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
Being a photographer, he was in the middle of all the madness and confusion that would follow. This great book collects Zhensheng’s photographs complete with his personal written accounts of the events documented. One of which tells of his own moment before a crowd as a suspect, being denounced with an investigation into his life and ideology. It was during this investigations that many of his photographs were confiscated bur foreseeing the potential for such an event, he hid his negatives under the floor of his apartment.
Its a good read and can stand alone as an art book.