In 1957, Harrington entered China against a U.S. State Department ban on newsmen entering the communist nation. The Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, threatened to jail Harrington, or at least revoke his passport. Harrington responded by sending a telegraph that the roads were washed out and he could not return. The articles produced from these images won Harrington and Edmund Stevens the George Polk award for magazine reporting.

Buddhist monks at Suzhou Xiyuan Buddhist Temple, Suzhou, China, 1957 (China056)
Buddhist monks at Suzhou Xiyuan Buddhist Temple, Suzhou, China, 1957 (China056)
Laborers digging an irrigation ditch, likely near Wuxi, China, 1957 (China054)
Laborers digging an irrigation ditch, likely near Wuxi, China, 1957 (China054)
Laborers digging an irrigation ditch, likely near Wuxi, China, 1957 (China053)
Laborers digging an irrigation ditch, likely near Wuxi, China, 1957 (China053)
Laborers digging an irrigation ditch, likely near Wuxi, China, 1957 (China055)
Laborers digging an irrigation ditch, likely near Wuxi, China, 1957 (China055)
Journalist Edmund Stevens interviewing Premiere Zhou Enlai at his home, Beijing, China, 1957 (China0
Journalist Edmund Stevens interviewing Premiere Zhou Enlai at his home, Beijing, China, 1957 (China0
Interior of a house in the outskirts of Shanghai, China, 1957 (China048)
Interior of a house in the outskirts of Shanghai, China, 1957 (China048)
Morris R. Wills (center), David Hawkins, Korean War POWs and defectors, in Beijing China 1957 (China
Morris R. Wills (center), David Hawkins, Korean War POWs and defectors, in Beijing China 1957 (China
Samuel David Hawkins, Korean War POW and defector, in Beijing China 1957 (China051)
Samuel David Hawkins, Korean War POW and defector, in Beijing China 1957 (China051)
Samuel David Hawkins, Korean War POW and defector, in Beijing China 1957 (China050)
Samuel David Hawkins, Korean War POW and defector, in Beijing China 1957 (China050)
Sampan boat in a small waterway in a hamlet in the outskirts of Wuxi, China, 1957 (China047)
Sampan boat in a small waterway in a hamlet in the outskirts of Wuxi, China, 1957 (China047)
Men working on a sampan boat in a waterway in Beijing, China, 1957 (China046)
Men working on a sampan boat in a waterway in Beijing, China, 1957 (China046)
Street scene of a crowded avenue filled with smog in Beijing, China, 1957 (China045)
Street scene of a crowded avenue filled with smog in Beijing, China, 1957 (China045)
Men working to lay rail road tracks in Beijing, China, 1957 (China042)
Men working to lay rail road tracks in Beijing, China, 1957 (China042)
Men working to lay rail road tracks in Beijing, China, 1957 (China043)
Men working to lay rail road tracks in Beijing, China, 1957 (China043)
Men working to lay rail road tracks in Beijing, China, 1957 (China044)
Men working to lay rail road tracks in Beijing, China, 1957 (China044)
Buddhist monks at Suzhou Xiyuan Buddhist Temple, Suzhou, China, 1957 (China041)
Buddhist monks at Suzhou Xiyuan Buddhist Temple, Suzhou, China, 1957 (China041)
Buddhist monk at Suzhou Xiyuan Buddhist Temple, Suzhou, China, 1957 (China040)
Buddhist monk at Suzhou Xiyuan Buddhist Temple, Suzhou, China, 1957 (China040)
Marc Riboud, the French photographer known for his photographs of China, at the Great Wall, 1957 (Ch
Marc Riboud, the French photographer known for his photographs of China, at the Great Wall, 1957 (Ch
Marc Riboud, the French photographer known for his photographs of China, at the Great Wall, 1957 (Ch
Marc Riboud, the French photographer known for his photographs of China, at the Great Wall, 1957 (Ch
Street scene with children playing in Beijing, China, 1957 (China037)
Street scene with children playing in Beijing, China, 1957 (China037)
Street scene in Beijing, China, 1957 (China035)
Street scene in Beijing, China, 1957 (China035)
A family in Beijing, China, 1957 (China033)
A family in Beijing, China, 1957 (China033)
Children in Beijing, China, 1957 (China031)
Children in Beijing, China, 1957 (China031)
Workers' quarters in Beijing, China, 1957 (China032)
Workers' quarters in Beijing, China, 1957 (China032)
Elderly man and child in Beijing, China, 1957 (China034)
Elderly man and child in Beijing, China, 1957 (China034)
People walking in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, 1957 (China028)
People walking in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, 1957 (China028)
Kylin statue at the Summer Palace of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, 1957 (China027)
Kylin statue at the Summer Palace of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, 1957 (China027)
People walking in the Forbidden City, with visible smog, Beijing, China, 1957 (China029)
People walking in the Forbidden City, with visible smog, Beijing, China, 1957 (China029)
Journalist Edmund Stevens at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, 1957 (China030)
Journalist Edmund Stevens at the Forbidden City, Beijing, China, 1957 (China030)
A caravan of Bactrian camels passing a wall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, 1957 (China024)
A caravan of Bactrian camels passing a wall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, 1957 (China024)
A caravan of Bactrian camels passing a wall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, 1957 (China023)
A caravan of Bactrian camels passing a wall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, 1957 (China023)
A caravan of Bactrian camels passing a wall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, 1957 (China022)
A caravan of Bactrian camels passing a wall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, 1957 (China022)
Old man and children, Beijing, China, 1957 (China021)
Old man and children, Beijing, China, 1957 (China021)
Boys in front of a store window, Beijing, China, 1957 (China020)
Boys in front of a store window, Beijing, China, 1957 (China020)
Man smoking a pipe in a courtyard in Beijing, China, 1957 (China025)
Man smoking a pipe in a courtyard in Beijing, China, 1957 (China025)
Street scene of open air markets in Beijing, China, 1957 (China016)
Street scene of open air markets in Beijing, China, 1957 (China016)
Men hauling a large load of goods in a smog filled street Beijing, China, 1957 (China018)
Men hauling a large load of goods in a smog filled street Beijing, China, 1957 (China018)
Street scene of children in front of a store in Beijing, China, 1957 (China017)
Street scene of children in front of a store in Beijing, China, 1957 (China017)
A man cooking street food in Beijing, China, 1957 (China019)
A man cooking street food in Beijing, China, 1957 (China019)
Dumpling vendor at a street food market in Beijing, China, 1957 (China015)
Dumpling vendor at a street food market in Beijing, China, 1957 (China015)
Busy street and marketplace with street food in Beijing, China, 1957 (China026)
Busy street and marketplace with street food in Beijing, China, 1957 (China026)
Woman buying herbs at a medicine shop in Shanghai, 1957 (China014)
Woman buying herbs at a medicine shop in Shanghai, 1957 (China014)
Children in a school courtyard in Beijing, China, 1957 (China010)
Children in a school courtyard in Beijing, China, 1957 (China010)
Children in a street in Beijing, China, 1957 (China009)
Children in a street in Beijing, China, 1957 (China009)
Children in a street in Beijing, China, 1957 (China008)
Children in a street in Beijing, China, 1957 (China008)
Street scene of a crowded avenue filled with smog in Beijing, China, 1957 (China011)
Street scene of a crowded avenue filled with smog in Beijing, China, 1957 (China011)
Street scene of a crowded avenue filled with smog in Beijing, China, 1957 (China012)
Street scene of a crowded avenue filled with smog in Beijing, China, 1957 (China012)
People in a plaza in Shanghai. The building in the background, called The Old World, had once been a
People in a plaza in Shanghai. The building in the background, called The Old World, had once been a
Street scene with smog in Beijing, China, 1957 (China007)
Street scene with smog in Beijing, China, 1957 (China007)
Street vendors in Beijing, China, 1957 (China005)
Street vendors in Beijing, China, 1957 (China005)