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Thomas Hoepker's Photos of 1980s China

Posted on 05 April 2016

The work of some photographers is so significant, the emotion and power of their photos bleed from the frame and transcend the still image.

Okay, so here's a little bit about Thomas Hoepker. He's best known for his images of Muhammad Ali and what has become one of the most controversial images from 9/11. He's been criticized and celebrated, he's worked all around the world, and his ability to frame emotional moments and strange beauty is, maybe, unmatched. I feel sort of overwhelmed looking at Hoepker's photos. I encourage you to scour the internet for more of his work and see if you feel what I feel. I've selected some lesser-known Hoepker images from his time in China in the 1980s. They have a classic Hoepker quality - beauty mixed with a little desperation and a quiet power. Take a look. You can see more stuff on Magnum.

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