Comparative photography displays history

Comparative photography can capture a place and tell the story of it over time.

Comparative photography can capture a place and tell the story of it over time.

A single photograph can awaken history, but two side by side can tell the journey through time. I have stood in Tiananmen Square in Beijing China and it is a place steeped in history and I think this comparative photography tells the story better than any book.

In the summer of 1989, more than a million Chinese students and workers took to Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing to participate in communist China’s largest political protest in history. The demonstrations lasted for six weeks, culminating in a night of bloodshed on June 3, 1989 when the military forcibly suppressed the protests by enforcing martial law. Hundreds of protesters and residents were killed.

This summer marked the 25th anniversary of the massacre, which Chinese authorities continue to treat as a taboo subject, banned from textbooks and websites.

Yet history documented by photojournalists is undeniable. Yes, it could be edited and changed and it definitely has since the invention of photography using both dark room techniques and photoshop. Still the history is documented beautifully in these then-now comparative photographs.

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Tiananmen Square Then And Now
In the summer of 1989, more than a million Chinese students and workers took to Tiananmen Square in the capital Beijing to participate in communist China’s largest political protest in history. The demonstrations lasted for six weeks, culminating in …

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