Just over 40 years ago, marriage in China was arranged by the state – romantic love was seen as a capitalist concept and was not allowed. Wedding photography (if there was any) consisted of one black and white passport photo of the couple (dressed in Mao-style outfits) as proof of the marriage. Now, China has fallen in love with love and its exploding wedding industry is worth 80 billion dollars. Pre-wedding photography is one of the most significant and curious parts, and something every couple marrying in China is eager to partake of. From underwater shoots to traditional costume, imagination and budgets can run wild, for soon-to-be or long-wed couples.
Olivia Martin-McGuire is a widely-exhibited Australian documentary photographer based in Shanghai. She completed an AFTRS documentary-making course and has previously made two short films.
Festival guest: Olivia Martin-McGuire
This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary: