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Photo studio witnesses 70 years of social change

08-02-2010 15:44 BJT

Located on the prosperous Wangfujing Street in Beijing, China Photo Studio’s show window is one of the most watched in China.

Three standard photos about 28 inches are displayed in the show window. From left to right: Liu Shaoqi, Mao Zedong, and Zhou Enlai. All three photos are encased with a golden frame.

According to Sun Xiuzhen, chairman of the studio, she asked the staff to temporally put these three photos into storage to prevent them from collecting dust when the studio was renovated several years ago. Unexpectedly, a foreign reporter phoned next day and asked, “Did something serious happened in China?”

Photo of China Photo Studio’s former location
Photo of China Photo Studio’s former location

The event surprised the senior and new employees of the studio. They never thought that a common desk-size showcase can become a window witnessing the transformation of China’s society.

They also would not believe that the historical moments can be recorded on photographs taken by photographers. Open it and the pictures will call up a large number of stories that would otherwise be forgotten.

In the studio, photographers try to take the most perfect images of the important persons and then work at these photos with great attention, finally putting them into the showcase outside the studio.

No wonder a foreign reporter would be surprised, because during the past years, every time the studio changed the pictures in the show window, it meant some historical events had happened.

China Photo Studio in 2008

China Photo Studio in 2008

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