Tseng Kwong Chi, photographer, performance artist, Keith Harring’s main photographer.  Born in Hong Kong and lived in Canada and studied in Paris, died of AIDS complications in 1990.

Kwong Chi developed an artistic persona in the late 1970’s as a kind of Chinese Communist dignitary complete with the classic Mao Tse-Tung suite, dark eyeglasses and a tag stamped “SlutforArt” (first user of hashtag, perhaps?)

Many of his photographs are deliberately composed in the heroic Maoist Cultural Revolution style.  His hand is stuck cavalierly in his pocket, and deliberately includes the camera’s cable release in the frame…

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