Putting on makeup

Backstage at the Hongluo Temple, one of the largest and most extensive Buddhist temples in northern Beijing, a group of opera singers apply the elaborate makeup associated with the genre.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.