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Tell Me About Yourself
Photograph by Jodi Cobb

The art of the deal trumps the thrill of the chase when strangers meet in a hotel room in China to decide if they should become man and wife. The suitor has flown from Taiwan to Guilin in southern China to interview a variety of women selected by a matchmaking firm. The man makes his position clear: He wants to bring home a traditional, docile housewife, for him a threatened species back in Taiwan, where women are increasingly choosing career over family. The women also come with an agenda: Most are eager to improve their economic circumstances and escape small-town life in China and other Asian countries. Between 1997 and 2004, more than 300,000 foreign brides arrived in Taiwan.
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 100
Lens: 24-120mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Available light
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