(Thomas Sauvin)(Until Death Do US Part)

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Beijing: Jiazazhi Press, 2015
Condition: Very Good, 1st edition of 1000, with a cigarette box, 5.3x8.3cm, 108pages, Hardcover

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.

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.