French photographer Thomas Sauvin and his archival series Beijing Silvermine. The project began, in 2009, when Sauvin, who has lived in China for more than a decade, discovered an accumulation of 35-mm. negatives in a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing. Buying the negatives in bulk by the kilogram, he has become a curator of what he calls vernacular Chinese photography. He estimates that he has sifted through more than half a million images, taken by ordinary citizens, between 1985 and the early aughts, that depict everyday life, leisure, and travel, both in China and abroad
A legendary Magnum photographer who was at the centre of so many important world events
There’s very little chance you’re not familiar with Burri’s work, even if you didn’t know it was him that captured it. But just in case anybody is, as a tribute, we’re reposting this short PORT interview with Burri from last year.
“Not only was he one of the great post war photographers, he was also one of the most generous people I have had the privilege to meet,” Martin Parr, President of Magnum Photos said in a statement, “his contribution to Magnum and his unrivalled ability to tell stories and entertain us over this time will be part of his enormous legacy. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his family.”
Browse the suggested connections, and don’t bother to think about whether you ever gave us permission to trawl through every e-mail you’ve ever received just because some of the people are super-specific and it’s creepy that we would know that you know them
It’s a typical Thursday night in New York when, on the corner of 10th Avenue and 13th Street, a white Cadillac and a blue Mini Cooper pull over. Five photographers emerge from the cars, carrying paint rollers and pots of wheat-based glue. As three of them quickly and expertly apply glue to a four-by-three-foot section of virgin brick wall across from the Standard Hotel, the other two carefully roll out and paste large sections of a black-and-white photograph.