As a sociopolitical movement, the Cultural Revolution caused much upheaval throughout China. During this time propaganda regarding the movement and the charismatic leader of the Communist Party, Mao Zedong, was omnipresent. Through found photographs, The East Was Red looks at the impact that widespread propaganda had in the visual vernacular history of this period. @zhaosheila
Whimsical roadside signs for coffee were one of John Margolies' main subjects. He traveled across the United States photographing the swiftly decomposing relics of mid-century cafe monuments. He didn't stop at signs - Margolies documented cafes shaped like donuts, teepees, and giant owls as well. Once totems of every road trip, many of these curiously shaped cafes have disappeared. Without these documents, we might not know the full extent of mid-century vernacular cafe architecture!
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Call no. LC-MA05-7350
So nervous, about to leave the house and meet with a woman about showing my work here in town. I know it will go well, and that whatever happens I will be okay. Maybe I am more excited than nervous. Maybe my body and brain are beginning to see a difference between the two. #anxietysucks#vintage#found#snapshot#oddpose#vernacular#beach
Hello! This is Sheila Zhao (@zhaosheila), a China based photographer, and I will be taking over the @rawviewmagazine feed for the next 10 days. First, I'd like to introduce my current series, The East Was Red. In it I take found photographs from China's Cultural Revolutions (1966-1977), and digitally manipulate any content within the photos that has to do with popular slogans, propaganda, or personalities associated with the political movement. Hope you enjoy!