Stuart Franklin

‘The Tank Man’. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, June 4th, 1989

Multiple sizes available

Stuart Franklin's documentation of the mass protest in Bejing's Tiananmen Square in 1989 was iconic and far-reaching. Hundreds of student protesters killed when they clashed with the military. Franklin said of the moment: "As I was photographing the tank, I had very clear memories of the Prague spring of 1968, when citizens faced off with Russian tanks. The atmosphere soon became chaotic in the hotel, as people were worried about getting their stories out in the unfolding tragedy. Authorities inside the hotel confiscated footage, but I packed my film into a box of tea and gave it to a French student who was heading back to Paris. She got it to Magnum."


Archival pigment print
Open edition

11 x 14 in / 28 x 36 cm
16 x 20 in / 40 x 50 cm
24 x 30 in / 60 x 76 cm


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