Long Live The Glorious May 7 Directive
‘Long Live the Glorious May 7 Directive’, published in 1971, is one of the key propaganda photobooks of Chairman Mao Zedongs infamous Cultural Revolution. Illustrated with photographs taken by uncredited photographers, the book extolls the virtues of Maos communist ideology and purports to document the joyful, industrious effects of these ideas in action. In ‘Long Live the Glorious May 7 Directive’, smiling workers and peasants read together from Maos Little Red Book of quotations, stalwart soldiers march in unending ranks and Chinese fighter pilots conquer the open skies. Of course, history remembers the realities of Maos Cultural Revolution quite differently.