"Until Death Do Us Part" focuses on the unexpected role cigarettes play in Chinese weddings. As a token of appreciation, it is customary for the bride to light a cigarette for each and every man invited. The bride and the groom are then invited to play some cigarette-smoking games of an unprecedented ingenuousness. This publication pays homage to a tradition in which love and death walk hand in hand. These photos come from the Beijing Silvermine project, an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing.
• Photography Centre « A History of Photography: Daguerreotype to Digital » from October 2018 to September 2020
• Entered the collection of Centre Pompidou, 2019
• Showed in the inaugural hang of the Victoria & Albert museum’s new
• Selected as one of the "Greatest Photo Books of All Time" by Source
• Photographic Review issue N°88, 2016
• Nominated for the Best Photobook at the Fotobook Festival, Kassel, Germany, 2016
• Selected as one of the Photo-Eye Best Books, 2015
• Selected as one of the New York Times Best Photobooks, 2015
Publisher: Jiazazhi Press
By Thomas Sauvin
Hardcover, with a cigarette box
Dimensions: 5,30 x 8,30 x 2,10 cm
108 pages, paperback
Published first in 2015
Fifth Edition, 2020
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