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The man who photographs Mao statues

26 December 2013 Last updated at 00:00 GMT

On 26 December, China is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its former leader Mao Zedong's birth.

Chairman Mao, the founding father of modern China, remains a hugely controversial figure and his legacy is still up for debate.

But he remains a presence in cities across China, in the form of more than 2,000 statues that were built to commemorate him.

Cheng Wenjun, a Chinese photographer, has travelled throughout China since 1997, taking photos of the many statues of Mao he has found.