25 YEARS AFTER TIANANMEN SQUARE

25 years have passed since the Communist hard-liners sent tanks to Tiananmen Square, filling the morgues with the broken bodies of young fighters for democracy and casting a repressive nightfall across the country. (read more)

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#1: © Kin Cheung, June 4, 2014, Tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square
#2: © Catherine Henriette, June 2, 1989, The students don’t leave Tiananmen Square

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© Abbas Attar’, 1972, Bomb explosion, Belfast, North Ireland

Abbas’ work reflects his fascination for societies in revolt, especially for religiously motivated change. Abbas, who became a full Magnum member in 1981, talks about the present picture:

“It was late morning and I had just returned to my hotel after roaming the streets of Belfast for action – in vain. Suddenly I hear an explosion, so loud that it leaves no doubt it is a bomb. I grab my camera bag and run towards the direction of the explosion, in time to see the wounded being evacuated. Later on the IRA claimed it was late in issuing a warning – as it usually did – for the site of the explosion to be cleared.”

The present photograph was taken with the Leica M4 and was usually published cropped at the top and bottom. This not only dramatised the motif by creating the impression that the viewer stands right among the helpers and in front of the bomb victim. Parts of the woman’s lower body were also cropped and thus lost to the viewer. This print – from the photographer’s own holdings – shows the full format of the image, including the bandaged legs of the wounded woman, thus explaining her face contorted by pain. Stylistically, this photo is impressive due to Abbas’ sense of style, characterised by a highly detailed visual language and an instinct for the right moment. (+)

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© René Burri, 1961, Tae Soe Dong, South Korea

One of his countless journeys took the Swiss Magnum photographer René Burri to South Korea in 1961. Together with journalist Bernie Kalb, he was reporting for The New York Times about a country in which a clique of officers led by General Park Chung Hee had seized power two weeks previously through a putsch. Upon arrival, René Burri experienced the atmosphere as eerily silent.

In the feature Again Korea Is Being Tested, published in The New York Times on November 12, 1961, Kalb described South Korea as a country “in which people have no living recollection of times when their country’s fate was not damned, when their lives were not unhappy”. (+)

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ERICH LESSING - HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION 1956

The beginning of the De-Stalinization period in Hungary favoured the development of an opposition movement, particularly among students and intellectuals. Imre Nagy who was called in as Prime Minister had obtained the demand of Soviet troops being withdrawn. He became submerged by the spread of the insurrectional movement in Budapest and the provinces. Abolishing the ‘unique’ party system on the 13th October 1956 he demanded Hungary’s withdrawal of the Warsaw Pact and neutrality. (+)

On 23rd October 1956, what began as a mass rally in Budapest quickly evolved into the Hungarian Revolution. Within days, millions of Hungarians were supporting the revolt. It lasted until 4 November, when it was crushed by the Hungarian Security Police and Soviet tanks and artillery. Thousands of Hungarian revolutionaries and Soviets were killed and injured, and nearly a quater of a million people fled the country as refugees.

Erich Lessing was the first photographer to arrive in Hungary, and he documented the short-lived uprising and its aftermath in a series of photographs. These world-famous images bring to life once more the hope and euphoria of the first days of the revolt, so soon to be followed by pain and punishment of its brutal suppression. (+)

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© Hulton-Deutsch / Corbis, Oct 9, 1934, Assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia

Lieutenant Colonel Poillet cuts down the assassin of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia who was shot dead during a state visit to Marseille, France on 9 October 1934. The gunman, who was identified as Vlado Chernozemski, was an agent of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation and the Croatian fascist movement, the Ustasa. Chernozemski, who also killed the French foreign minister and the king’s chauffeur, was beaten to death by an angry mob following the shooting.

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© AP Photo, Unknown photographer, Nov. 9, 1979, Demonstrators burn an American flag atop the wall of the U.S. Embassy where students have been holding American hostages since Nov. 4, Iran

On Friday, September 27, 2013 United States President Barack Obama made a phone call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The last direct conversation between the leaders of the United States and Iran was in 1979 before the Iranian Revolution toppled the pro-U.S. Shah and brought the Ayatollahs to power.

Historic photographs, published by Denver Post, date from 1890 to 1981, recalling the century leading up to Iran’s 1979 revolution and the American embassy hostage crisis in Tehran.

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© Bill Hudson / AP, May 4, 1963, Birmingham, Alabama

Police lead a group of black school children to jail after their arrest for protesting against racial discrimination near city hall.

This is one of the most absurd pictures I have seen in connection with all the March On Washington posts all over the web. Arresting peacefully demonstrating children, wow. I wonder how police ability tests looked like back in these days - I guess the ability to switch off certain parts of the brain was (and maybe still is) an very important factor for achieving admission criteria.

© Garry Winogrand, 1964, American Legion Convention, Dallas

This photograph is part of the readable article ‘What is Street Photography?' on Eric Kim's blog. Thanks to LPV Magazine for the link!

Eric Kim asked: "What does this [photograph] say about our society?”

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