Tank Man – Photography by Jeff Widener


Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China 1989. On the 5th of June 1989, the day after the massacre of students in Tiananmen Square, a line of tanks roll down Chang’an Avenue. What came next changed the way people saw China, and became one of the most famous photographs of all time. One man, most call the ‘Unknown Soldier’ had had enough, and by himself took a stance in front of the ominous tanks refusing to move. Jeff Widener, among other photographers, caught this image, lasting a few minutes, from there hotel rooms across the street. Through hidden film and smuggled photography these journalists delivered this image of Bravery to the free world. This picture has come to represent freedom around the world, and one unknown man who against all odds, ‘stuck it to the man’.