The Chinese government has not released photographs of the deadly famine that grew out of Mao Zedong's failed Great Leap Forward. Instead, whimsical, brighly colored propaganda posters, fixtures during the agricultural collectivization campaign of 1958 to 1962, offer a stark juxtaposition with what is known today about the mass starvation. The unique collection presented here, compiled by the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, spins the Great Leap Forward as an unmitigated economic and political success, presenting a tragically warped picture of four years where tens of millions of Chinese died.
The slogan on the poster above reads, "Beat the Great Leap Forward battle drum louder." International Institute of Social History