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Until Death Do Us Part.
By Thomas Sauvin.
Jiazazhi Press, Beijing, China, 2015. 108 pp., 2x3ΒΌ". Publisher's Description

Selected as Book of the Week by Fred Cray

Both first and second printings of Until Death Due Us Part are now sold out.

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.

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First Edition: 1000 copies

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