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French photographer Thomas Sauvin saved over half a million negatives found in a disposal site in Beijing, capturing photos from China just after the Cultural Revolution in his 'Beijing Silvermine' project.

Ranging 20 years from 1985 to 2005, the time when silver film reigned supreme and each camera had the ability to capture 36 photos without the ability to scroll through and delete them. Sauvin explains that this is just the right amount of images to truly get to know the photographer, to see what kind of person they were and get a peek at their perspective on the world.

This collection of photos from China also documents the time of ‘Economic Opening’ in Chinese history.