Thomas Sauvin is a French photography collector and editor who lives in Beijing. Since 2006 he exclusively works as a consultant for the UK-based Archive of Modern Conflict, an independent archive and publisher, for whom he collects Chinese works, from contemporary photography to period publications to anonymous photography. Sauvin has had exhibitions of his work, and published through Archive of Modern Conflict.
Life and work
Sauvin started the Silvermine Project, accumulating more than half a million anonymous color negatives destined for destruction in a Beijing recycling zone. It covers a period of 20 years, from 1985, namely when silver film started being used massively in China, to 2005, when digital photography started taking over.
Publications by Sauvin
- Thomas Sauvin: Silvermine. London: Archive of Modern Conflict, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9570490-1-7. Five albums each containing 20 prints. Edition of 200 copies.
- Amc2 Journal Issue 8: Quanshen. London: Archive of Modern Conflict, 2013. Photographs collected and edited by Sauvin.
Publications with contributions by Sauvin
- Happy Tonite. London: Archive of Modern Conflict, 2010. Edited by Ed Jones and James Welch. ISBN 978-0-9547091-6-7. Edition of 1000 copies. Photographs selected by Ed Jones and James Welch from the collection of Chinese photography assembled by Sauvin. Includes the work of Liu YiQing, Cai Hongshuo, Chang He, Zeng Han, Yang Changhong, Bai Chuan, Dustin Shum, Chang Qing, Fang Er, Feng Li, Luo Dan and Jiang Yiming
- 2010: Dali International Photography Festival, China.
- 2012: Open City Museum, Brixen, Austria
- 2012: Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore.
- 2013: Format International Photography Festival, Derby, England.
- MacDonald, Kerri (1 March 2013). "Chinese Family Memories, Recycled". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- Archive of Modern Conflict
- Connors, Amy (20 October 2014). "Thomas Sauvin’s Beijing Silvermine". The New Yorker. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- Branigan, Tania (4 January 2013). "Negative views: collection of camera film captures changing face of China". The Guardian. Beijing. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- "Rescued Chinese negatives - in pictures". The Guardian. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- "Dali International Photography Festival", China Daily. Accessed 3 January 2015.
- "The artists Giovanni Melillo Kostner, Thomas Sauvin and Lei Lei at 'Open City Museum'", Cuartel. Accessed 3 January 2015.
- "Silvermine", Singapore International Photography Festival. Accessed 3 January 2015.
- "Thomas Sauvin", BBC World Service. Accessed 3 January 2015.
- Documentary about Sauvin and Silvermine (video)
- Amateur photos from China in the 1980s
- Sauvin on Flickr
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