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Tian Yibin

In a Sea of Revolutionary Pixels

by Don J. Cohn

When Chinese photographer Tian Yibin crossed the 38th parallel from South Korea to North Korea in October 2005 with his friend, the Chinese rock star Cui Jian, and 150 other Chinese tourists, he didn't expect to discover the subject of his next series and book in the form of a monumental evening performance.

Nor did Lao Liu ("Old Six"), as the 43-year-old photographer is known professionally and among friends in China, expect that the propagandistic extravaganza Arirang Mass Physical Exercise

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