Until Death Do Us Part

Thomas Sauvin

Jiazazhi Press

Book size
53 x 83 x 21mm
108 pages
paperback, Hardcover, with a real cigarette box
Publication date
Sep 2015

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.