Gu Xiong... Forbidden City Starbucks (2001, c-print, editon 1 of 5). From the exhibition Click! at Diane Farris Gallery. "...Proliferated in both popular and fine arts, photography is a highly social medium. Despite its potential for manipulation and alteration, the photographic image still retains a certain amount of authority as a documentary record. Gu Xiong’s Forbidden City Starbucks, originally shown at Diane Farris Gallery in 2001, documents the existence of a Starbucks café in China’s Forbidden City. The controversial establishment of the Starbucks in the historical setting caused a seven-year battle that finally resulted in its removal in July, 2007."