Swimming Mao Zedong, 1966

Swimming Mao Zedong, 1966

This photo of swimming Mao Zedong, made by his cameraman Lv Houmin, was named as one of the most influential images by Times magazine due to its propaganda effect and events which followed this swim. By July 1966, it seemed that China had lost its revolutionary steam and the power grip of the 72-year-old Chairman Mao …