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The iconic image of a Tiananmen Square protester fuelled his career, but has also 'overshadowed' his other work, says photographer Jeff Widener

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  • Writer: Ken Kongkatong
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On June 5, 1989, photographer Jeff Widener captured an image of a lone man standing in front of a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. It was the photograph that would define his career, an iconic symbol of Chinese communist oppression. 

Courtesy Jeff Widener

A professed “lucky shot”, the image - commonly referred to as “Tank Man”- has become one of the most controversial and significant photographs in modern history.

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