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Thinking Inside the Box: Guarding Chairman Mao

Thinking Inside the Box is an occasional series in which I talk about the making of my images.

Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and coming across Andy Warhol’s interpretation of Mao’s portrait, I was reminded of my time in Beijing several years back when I photographed a guard standing at attention before the official portrait at the entrance to the Forbidden City.

The woman guarding the Warhol portrait was much more approachable, and I couldn’t resist asking her to pose with the painting.

A contrast of East versus West.

 

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