Li Zhensheng born 22 September 1940-22 June 2020) is a Chinese photojournalist who captured some of the most telling images from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, better known as the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Li Zhensheng was born to a poor family in Dalian, Liaoning. At the time of his birth the city was located in Kwantung Leased Territory, where Japan maintained the puppet regime, Manchukwo. His mother died when he was three, and his older brother, who was a member of the People Liberation Army was killed during the Chinese Civil War. Li helped his father, who was a cook on a steamship and later as a farmer, until Li was 10 years old. Li rose to the top of his class despite starting school late. He later earned a spot at the Changchum Film School, where he acquired much of his photographic knowledge.
He died on Monday June 22, 2020 at the age of 80.
His cause of death is still uncertain as no reliable sources are talking about it. We will update you as soon as we have more information about his death.
Li Zhensheng, the Lucie-Award winning photojournalist who took over 100,000 photos during cultural revolution, reportedly passed away in New York. It’s impossible to revisit CR history without the massive archive he left behind while working as a reporter at Heilongjiang Daily pic.twitter.com/G5oJQiBeQu
— Tony Lin (@tony_zy) June 23, 2020