Silvermine Albums

"Silvermine" is a set of five photo albums each containing 20 prints. The negatives have been salvaged from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing, which Thomas Sauvin has been consistently amassing, selecting, classifying, and digitizing since 2009. The "Silvermine" albums offer a unique photographic portrait of the Chinese capital and the lives of its inhabitants covering a period of 20 years – from 1985, when silver film came into widespread use in China, to 2005 when digital photography came to the fore. In these souvenir snapshots taken by anonymous and ordinary Chinese people, we are witnessing the birth of post-socialist China. Each album focuses on a different theme: Blue album: TVs and Fridges; Green album: One and Two; Orange album: Marilyn and Ronald; Pink album: Party and Transvestites; Yellow album: Leisure and Work.

Five albums each containing 20 prints
Dimensions: 11 x 7.7cm
Publication date: June 2013
Publisher: Archive of Modern Conflict
Limited editions of 200
Design: Mei Shuzhi
ISBN 978-0-9570490-1-7

Selected as one of the "Greatest Photo Books of All Time" by Source Photographic Review issue N°88, 2016
Nominated for the Deutsche Börse Foundation Photography Prize, 2014
Nominated for the Best Photobook at the Fotobook Festival, Kassel, Germany, 2013
Shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Photobook Award, France, 2013


Video by German Cheuk / Salt Yard