Chinese beach party

Marshal Ye Jianying holds court on the beach at a seaside resort in Hainan province of China in 1973. The image of the late Chinese general is part of a collection that will be discussed in a lecture next week organised by photojournalism charity PhotoVoice.

Ye holds court on the beach
Ye holds court on the beach

PhotoVoice gives photography training to people in marginalised communities, often the subjects of photography rather than the creators, to help them communicate their needs and generate income.

The picture was taken by De Xiuxian, and the book was edited by photojournalist Liu Heung Shing. Liu will talk about how Ye played a key role in arresting the Gang of Four, a leftist political faction that included Mao Zedong's wife, Jiang Qing. Members of the gang were subsequently charged with treason, effectively ending the chaos of the Cultural Revolution in China.

Liu said: "China has shorthanded so much of the nation's own history by omitting many images from the official media." His new book, China: Portrait of a Country, contains photographs taken by Liu and others, charting a visual history of the country's past 60 years.

The lecture will take place the Royal Geographical Society in London on 23 September.

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