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The representation of the sixties cultural revolution through photography Before exploring what made photography such an important tool for the sixties Cultural Revolution I feel it necessary to define what is meant by the term cultural revolution The term had in 1965 been used to describe the policies initiated in China by Mao Tse - Tsung who believed that you could only have complete revolution if you not only removed the bourgeoisie from power but destroyed all vestiges of bourgeois ideology This is not the kind of revolution that occurred in the West Here we are looking for changes in sexual behaviors in ideas and values There are unfortunately too many areas of change to fully discuss here so I have chosen one area illustrated by a photograph which I feel contributed towards the cultural revolution that I believe took place during the sixties This area is the transformations in protest with its issue of the freedom of speech Photography is a technological invention that has become the most universal means of communication and artistic expression that the world has known It overcomes the differences of language It can be specific and realistic where music and related media can only be abstracted or general Photography becomes then a tool conveying various meanings about the subject matter being photographed Therefore we can discuss the cultural revolution of the sixties through photography One key photographer illustrating this period is Fank Habicht His black and white photographs focus on the sixties western cultural revolution Born in Hamburg he spent his time during the sixties in London Paris Berlin and New-York while exhibiting worldwide His photography has features in many magazines and journals including Die Welt US Camera Esquire Twen and The Guardian His work essentially shows a view of an exhilarating period the sixties such as the diversity of individuals the uniformity of classes relationships the faces of common and famous people and the charm of childhood
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