Thomas Sauvin: 17 18 19

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Thomas Sauvin’s 17-18-19 is a series comprised of images taken from a bag of negative film salvaged from a recycling plant on the outskirts of Beijing in 2010. Shot at one of the city’s detention centres between 1991 and 1993, the archive contained over 15,000 black-and-white negatives of confiscated objects, contraband, and evidence. Without any further information or context, we are left to wonder about their unidentified owners and the events to which they bear witness. Reproduced here in their original form as negatives, every item is preserved like an artefact – a fossil for our examination. The utilitarian function of the negatives thus allows compassion to arise from memory.

17 18 19 is an investigative journey on the practice of those police department photographers and their aesthetic, practice and understanding of photography, composition and art direction. Who are those people? What are the stories behind each item? Why 17 18 19? Are questions that the reader has to solve. As if the book is a piece of evidence itself. Putting the reader in the investigator’s shoes.

Texts in English & Chinese.

 

Title: 17 18 19
Publisher: Void, 2020
Author: Thomas Sauvin, Holly Roussell
Photographer: Unknown
Graphic Design: -
Format: Hardcover
Size: 20.5 x 15 cm, 224 pages
ISBN: 9786188434141
Edition: 750 copies

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