Thomas Sauvin: Until Death Do Us Part

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 o f an unprecedented ingenuousness. This publication pays homage to a tradition in which love and death walk hand in hand.

Thomas Sauvin is a French photography collector and curator who lives and works in China. While there, he started collecting photographic negatives, seeing them as a valuable intermediate medium between the camera and the print. In 2009, as he was looking to purchase negatives, he came across Xiao Ma who was buying negatives in bulk online. Ma worked at a chemical recycling plant located at the edge of Beijing and was using negatives (as well as X-rays from hospitals, CDs and other trash) as a source of silver salt, which he could then separate and resell to laboratories. Sauvin got interested in the stacks of discarded 35-mm negatives piled up at the plant. He negotiated a price of about $10 per kilogram, and he started buying 30 to 50 kilograms a month. Sauvin estimates that the collection he has now amassed has grown to somewhere near half a million images.

Selected as one of the best photobooks by photo-eye and New York Times in 2015 and nominated as one of the best photobooks in Fotobookfestival Kassel 2016



Hardcover in a cigarette box
108 pages, with 50 color photographs
5 x 8 x 2cm
Edition of 2000 copies
4th Edition

  • Publisher: Jiazazhi Press
  • Authors: Thomas Sauvin



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