Until Death Do Us Part / 双喜

"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.

Hardcover, with a cigarette box
Dimensions: 5,30 x 8,30 x 2,10 cm
108 pages, paperback
Date of publication: 2015
1st edition of 1000; 2nd edition of 2000
Publisher: Jiazazhi

Showed in the inaugural hang of the Victoria & Albert museum’s new Photography Centre « A History of Photography: Daguerreotype to Digital »
from october 2018 to september 2020
Selected as one of the "Greatest Photo Books of All Time" by Source Photographic Review issue N°88, 2016
Nominated for the Best Photobook at the Fotobook Festival, Kassel, Germany, 2016
Selected as one of the Photo-Eye Best Books, 2015
Selected as one of the New York Times Best Photobooks, 2015


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