By Erik Crouch
Thomas Sauvin, a French artist, has spent the past several years collecting old photo-negatives from recycling dumps around Beijing. The resulting catalog includes hundreds of thousands of photos spanning from 1985 – 2005, from the dawn of the Kodak consumer camera to the rise of digital photography. While Sauvin’s project may be somewhat eccentric (he has accumulated more than 500,000 photos) it provides an incredible look at the normal, authentic lives of many many Chinese at a unique time in the country’s history.
A profile of Sauvin and his work: