From the Fotomat - Print 27

by James Lloyd Davis

The blessing of the tractors at Changdow

Sharing the podium with Mao Tse Tung, as the first one hundred tractors roll from the assembly line of the newest factory in China, we can see the illustrious American diplomatic mission consisting of Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and Billy Graham.

Dr. Graham's eyes are closed.  He has raised his right hand in what appears to be a capitalist subversion, a backwoods benediction for the first tractor to pass the grandstand.  Richard Nixon has arched his right eyebrow as though mentally composing the import of the moment for his memoirs.  Henry Kissinger is wearing his most explosive smile.  It seems to say, “Love me or I will kill you.”

To their left, and somewhat behind Nixon's elbow, Mao Tse Tung is peeling a tangerine with intensity, as if it was the mystery of life, and he, the eternal student.