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The Lost Photographs of Tiananmen Square

Three decades after Jian Liu shot 60 roles of film of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, he finally has them developed and released to the world.
Student protesters by Jian Liu

Three decades after Jian Liu shot 60 roles of film of China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, he finally has them developed and released to the world.

Via Tiffany May, The New York Times:

For years, [Jian Liu] tried to forget the bloodshed he had seen and locked away his memories in the 60 rolls of film — about 2,000 photos — he had shot using an analog camera.

By releasing his images publicly, Mr. Liu joins a small group of Chinese historians, writers, photographers and artists who have tried to chronicle the chapters in Chinese history that the party wants erased from public memory.

“Reflection is only possible in a democratic and peaceful place,” he said. “Under autocratic rule, it is impossible for you to discuss this.”

More: Photos of the Tiananmen Square Protests Through the Lens of a Student Witness

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