BEIJING SILVERMINE. THE LARGEST ARCHIVE OF RESCUED NEGATIVES IN THE WORLD

On 22/12/2013 by Site Default

It all started when Thomas Sauvin, a French photo collector and editor, saw this ad in an online forum in 2009: “My name is Xiaoma, if you have negatives to sell you can contact me on 13717708965″. Thomas called the number and today, in 2013, has collected and scanned over 500,000 negatives portraying the lives of people across China.

Originally meant to be recycled for the silver nitrate they contain, Sauvin’s project is an incredible documentation of life in China after the Cultural Revolution. Beijing Silvermine has been presented at major festivals across the globe and turned into a book in 2013, which Martin Parr eventually described as one of the Best Photobooks of the Year.

We spoke to Thomas Sauvin about how it all came about.

Read more here http://blog.eyeem.com/2013/12/beijing-silvermine-the-largest-archive-of-rescued-negatives-in-the-world/

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