Final Project Photo: Fact and Fiction


My idea is how to measure a person’s value. In this era of materialization, what is the real value of people? Can an expensive piece of clothing represent his high value? Everyone’s definition is different, just as we do not know how to define a person’s essence. I want to use the receipt as the symbol to explore the value of a person’s existence. My investigation is not comprehensive. I have looked for a famous dictator in the world and discussed it in two ways. Because there is no complete black and white in the world. I will use the ironic pictures and my own perspective and knowledge to valuer those famous dictators.

Mao Zedong:


commonly known as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, which he ruled as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. The date on the receipt is his date of death. A controversial figure, Mao is regarded as one of the most important individuals in modern world history. The first perspective is as the first leader of the People’s Republic of China who lead China into the new era.  For Chinese people, he is the spiritual leader. So the value in the first picture is really high. The photo that I use is a really iconic picture, that everyone can be realized. The second one values him as the cultural ways. Conversely, his regime has been called autocratic and totalitarian and condemned for bringing about mass repression and destroying religious and cultural artifacts and sites. It was additionally responsible for vast numbers of deaths.

Donald John Trump:


Donald John Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. The date on the receipt is the date that he became the president. His net worth is 3.1 billion USD on 2018 Forbes. So as we see, a rich person can value his net worth. This is the most intuitive and objective way to a person’s assessed value. Very ironic is his politic value is $0. This does not mean that he does not have any contribution. It is only an expression of exaggeration. The contrast is really obvious. A rich president not meaning he is a good leader or politician.

Pol Pot:


Pol Pot was a Cambodian revolutionary and politician who served as the Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea from 1976 to 1979.  As a dictator, he is very cruel. The Cambodian genocide was carried out by the KhmerRouge regime under the leadership of Pol Pot, killing approximately 1.5 to 3 million Cambodian people from 1975 to 1979. So the first picture I photoshopped him in nazi’s uniform. In the time he ruled, people were tortured. Political economy is a disaster. So both of his receipts value is 0.

Adolf Hitler:


Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. Adolf Hitler was regarded as inspiring and an incredibly strong leader who did a lot for his people. He also got Germany out of the crippling rules placed because of the treaty of Versailles, he transformed Germany’s fortunes and stood up for the people. He is a good leader of Germany not just for the economy also politics. Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939 led to the outbreak of World War II, and by 1941 Nazi forces had occupied much of Europe. For the world, it is a disaster.

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz:


Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister. For these two receipts represented two different parties and political view. Castro polarized world opinion. His supporters view him as a champion of socialism and anti-imperialism whose revolutionary regime advanced economic and social justice while securing Cuba’s independence from American imperialism. Critics view him as a dictator whose administration oversaw human-rights abuses, the exodus of a large number of Cubans and the impoverishment of the country’s economy. So the dollar sign of yuan represents China as a communist country values him as really high price. Also, the picture that I use is very iconic as the symbol in Cuba. The next one will be the other parties view. As Trump said”a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades” and said he hoped Castro’s death gave Cuban Americans “the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”

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