Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

AlfRodchenko

Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

Wu Bingyuan (eyes closed) with Wang Yongzeng

Photograph: Li Zhensheng

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For the next six months, I couldn’t get their

faces out of my mind. At that time, Yingxia

and I still hadn’t been provided with an

apartment and lived separately in the dorm.

The toilet was at the end of a long corridor,

and whenever I woke up at night needing

to go to the bathroom, I would walk with

my eyes closed, trying not to bump into the

shoes and small stoves left outside the doors

on both sides of the hallway and trying

not to think of the dead. When I ate in the

cafeteria and they served a local dish like

blood tofu, which was red and gelatinous, I

felt like vomiting.

As I enlarged the photographs of these

executed people in the dim red light of the

darkroom, I quietly spoke to them. I told

them, ‘If your souls are haunted, please

don’t haunt me, too. I’m only tring to help.

I’m making your pictures because I want

to record history. I want people to know

that you were wronged.’ And until this day

– even when I printed the images for this

book in New York – I always say that.

MAY DAY 2016

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