One for every volunteer!The “little girl” in the photo tells the back story

The exhibition “Remembering the Great Victory and Safeguarding Peace and Justice” at the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution came to a close yesterday (16th).The online exhibition hall with the same name is still open, and the exhibition will be permanently opened in the museum based on the theme exhibition.A total of 2.4 million visitors have visited the exhibition during 419 open days since its opening on October 19, 2020.The exhibition showcased more than 1,900 exhibits, including nearly 100 first-class cultural relics, the first public exhibition of cultural relics reached more than 800.On display is a once-popular photograph that inspired the volunteer charge: a young boy cradling a dove, cocky and cocky, with his head tilted sideways;The little girl turned to the boy and hugged the dove calmly and calmly.”Because of this picture, I have felt a natural kinship with the volunteers all my life. They are my family.”Meng Yun, the heroine of the photo, also came to the closing ceremony of the exhibition and was thrilled to see the enlarged version of the photo specially prepared by the organizers.”We Love Peace”, with Meng Yun on the left and Ma Yue on the right, was published prominently in People’s Daily on June 1, 1952.Later, the photo was sent to the Korean war, volunteers each one.Meng Yun once felt the inspiration the photos brought to the soldiers from a volunteer letter, the letter wrote, “Good boy, good study ah, uncle is willing to use his own blood and life to kill the American devil, do not let it bully the children.May you be as beautiful as a flower or a star.””We must live up to the sacrifices of our predecessors,” Meng said. “This year marks the 70th anniversary of the war against the United States and the 56th anniversary of my service in the army. Recalling our life together with the People’s Republic of China always makes people feel overwhelmed and filled with emotion.”Ms. Meng Yun said at the closing ceremony that the historical significance of the photo lies in that it embodies the fundamental purpose of the war against the United States and the Korean War – to fight for peace.The birth of the poster About the shooting of this photo, “branding — Memory image” (edited by Bayer) has a detailed introduction: this photo was taken by the People’s Daily editor Que Wen…The impact of this photograph was not only unexpected for the author, but also for many people.In addition to posters hanging on the streets and in houses, there were envelopes, notebooks, postcards, enamel cups, tea boxes, handkerchiefs and all sorts of things…On the eve of Children’s Day in 1952, I was in charge of the photo column “Our Great Motherland” in People’s Daily.According to prime minister zhou enlai “we love peace, but also is not afraid of war”, the spirit of our editor in chief Deng Ta find I said, the Korean fifth campaign has made great victory, the current situation is the requirement of the world peace-loving people to unite and strive for safeguarding peace, only to unite to stop the war to defend our next generation…I did not sleep well, then thought of Picasso’s dove, and the children’s Day, I decided to use children and pigeons to show.I contacted Beihai Kindergarten in Beijing and learned that they raised a batch of pigeons there, and children often fly pigeons in Beihai Park. I arrived here on May 31, along with some other photographers from Youth Daily, Health News and Sports news.I shouted and everyone went.Yu Lulin, the principal of the kindergarten, brought a large group of children to the park. Each of them even held a pigeon.At first, I took a few pictures, which I thought were very ordinary, because I only arranged the form and composition of the figures and pigeons, but I could not see the children’s love for pigeons in their hearts, and there was no internal connection.So, I looked at the boy and the girl, touched their pigeons and asked: Which one of your pigeons is better?The boy said happily and wittily, “Mine!”He looked at his own pigeon, then at the girl’s pigeon, then hugged it tightly and put his head on one side with a look of great satisfaction.The girl reacted strongly and immediately turned to the boy and said, “I’m fine!”In that instant, both characters reached their emotional saturation point, and I took this picture.The next day, which happened to be Children’s Day, the picture was published in People’s Daily…In October that year, this picture was edited by the people’s fine Arts publishing House anjing and Zou Ya made a large poster…Five million in the first edition!It should be said that the influence of photographs is multiplied only after they are printed as posters.On June 1, 1952, Mr. Wang Dong, senior photojournalist of People’s Daily and colleague of The Que Wen, recalled this photo:…At that time, the Chinese Association printed the picture into small cards, which were distributed by the condolence group to every volunteer, not only to the soldiers at the front, but also to the poW camps.It was also used on the cover of some pictorial newspapers in Eastern Europe.Together with another photo of MAO waving to red guards from the Tiananmen Rostrum (by Lu Xiangyou), we Love Peace became the two most influential photos in People’s Daily’s history.It has become an unshakable classic in the history of photography.Volunteer officers and soldiers and “We love Peace” propaganda picture photo, photo from the network during the war against the United States to aid Korea, a volunteer army cadres in the room to discuss the battle situation, hanging on the wall of “We love Peace” calendar.(Photo provided by Li Guo-ying) A photo can affect a person’s life. Meng Yun is always grateful. “As the girl in this photo, I have felt the concern and expectation from my uncle in the volunteer army all my life.Source/All-China Women’s Federation Women’s Voice comprehensive compilation from public photography, Beijing Daily client, beiqing city editor/Liao Yunqing signed/Qiao Hong supervisor/Xi Shujun

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