Chinese Design Concepts

Original Propaganda News Photographs

We have a vast collection of original news photographs from the Mao Period, most dating from the 1950s. We are lucky enough to have one original print and the propaganda that was written to be published with the photograph. We translate said propaganda into English to make the photographs accessible to a wider audience, but the real beauty of this collection is the quality of photographs that were taken.


Once you browse these photographs you will never again say that photography in the Mao Period was 'just propaganda'! They reveal that there were many talented photographers around (many of whom are named) and that they didn't confine themselves to politically obvious subject matter. Instead they give you a glimpse into everyday life all over China, edited of course.


If you would like information about any of the images you see here please get in touch

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