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Stuart Franklin’s documentation of the mass protest in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 was iconic and far-reaching. Hundreds of student protesters were killed when they clashed with the military after a lengthy standoff. Having photographed the rising tensions, and the erection of the students’ ‘Goddess of Democracy’ statue Franklin was present at the moment the protest was crushed: “As I was photographing the tank, I had very clear memories of the Prague spring of 1968, when citizens faced off with Russian tanks. The atmosphere soon became chaotic in the hotel, as people were worried about getting their stories out in the unfolding tragedy. Authorities inside the hotel confiscated footage, but I packed my film into a box of tea and gave it to a French student who was heading back to Paris. She got it to Magnum.”

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