Metamorpolis Exhibition in Paris

During the summer of 2017, a collection of photos from my Metamorpolis project are exhibited at the "Maison de la Chine" in downtown Paris. The venue has a Chinese Tea House which includes exhibitions year around. Here are few phone photos of the exhibition.

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The exhibition will be displayed until the end of august. For inquiries please contact me directly : tim@propagandastudio.asia

Portraits for Chanel | Shanghai

As part of the launch of their new watch, Chanel hold a special event in Shanghai China. I was assigned to set up a booth to photograph celebrities and guests. The images had to look like an advertising and were processed on site through a mirror app. Here are some of my favorite portrait for the shoot as well as a small display of the final images delivered.

Tim Franco is a commercial and editorial photographer based in greater asia. He works on commercial assignment in China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. Please get in touch at tim@propagandastudio.asia

kathmandu Jazz Scene - Nepal Portraits

A few month ago, I was assigned by Silk Road magazine to travel to Nepal to shoot a story on the small growing local Jazz Scene in Kathmandu. During a few days in the capital, I have met many musicians and shot their portraits. Here are some of them

Tim Franco is an Asia based photographer living between Seoul & Shanghai and available for assignment in China, South Korea, Japan and all over asia. Contact him at tim@propagandastudio.asia

Ulan Bator | A new Democracy in Mongolia

More photos from a story I have worked on a few month ago about the new democracy in Mongolia. During my time there, I had the chance to visit local herders and resident from the Capital city Ulan Bator as well as prominent politician & Journalists. Here is a few photos taken in the Mongolian Capital city

The smog arriving from the Ger city into the downtown area

The smog arriving from the Ger city into the downtown area

The full story is available here

Tim Franco is a documentary and commercial photographer available for assignment all over asia.

herders in the Mongolian Steppe

Last month, I had the chance to travel back to Mongolia to work on a story about Democracy and the coming presidential election for Monocle Magazine.  We have spent an intense week meeting all kinds of interesting characters from herders to the probable future president of the country. Here are few photos taken in the steppe.

Tim Franco is available for editorial and commercial assignment all over Asia, please contact him at timfranco@gmail.com and follow him on istagram @timfranco

Chongqing Feature in the Good Life Magazine

Earlier this year I traveled back to Chongqing to work on a story for The Good Life Magazine. It was a nice experience to look around the city and see how much has changed since I have last visited it. Here are a few of the images from that body of work as well as the tearsheets.

Tim Franco is available for editorial and commercial photography assignment in Asia. He is based between Seoul and Shanghai and often travels to the following destinations : Hong Kong, beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok & Singapore. Please contact him directly at timfranco@gmail.com

Arctic Surfers

It is 3.30 pm on the Lofoten islands. The sun has set almost an hour ago and the moon rising between two snow mountains reflects its bright light onto the icy beach of Flakstad.

 Tarjei Hansen, from Tromso is looking at moon rise on the Flakstad spot after a session in the waves

Even though we are hundreds of kilometers North of the Arctic Circle , the most popular activity here is surfing . The Lofoten islands are famous worldwide for their scenic fishing villages surrounded by snow mountains, icy bays and northern lights. Although it is cod fishing that has traditionally played the dominant role in the islands’ history a local surfing scene has emerged in the little bay of Unstad, cut off from the rest of the island by mountains. Nowadays, what used to be the village school has become a surf camp welcoming adventurers and professional surfers from all around the world coming to defy the best waves of the Arctic.

 A local Lofoten based teacher enjoy the big swell coming from Iceland to spend an afternoon surfing in Unstad
 On the many peaks forming the incredible landscape of the Lofoten island
 A local surfer getting ready to enter the icy water of the arctic sea in the Lofoten island .
 A group of visitor is learning to surf on the spot of Flakstad in the lofoten islands

I traveled to the Lofoten in the winter of 2017 to work on this series. Please contact me at timfranco@gmail.com or trough my agency directly at matt@instituteartist.com.

The story is available here in a complete set on The Institute Story page.

Fashion Designer Portraits

This month issue of the Silk Road magazines feature a story about up & coming fashion designer in China that I have shot . As I often work with this magazine, each portrait was done on my old time favorite Hasselblad Medium format Film camera. Here is a couple of the portrait as well as the tearsheets. 

Tim Franco is available for editorial and commercial assignments including portraits, stories and architecture in China, Korea and Hong Kong please contact him at timfranco@gmail.com

Fisherman in the Lofoten

A couple month back as I was visiting the Lofoten islands , i had to pleasure to meet Roger, a very nice fisherman eager to share his knowledge and stories, here are a few photos from a beautiful morning spent discussing the preparation for the Cod Fishing Season near Roger's boat. I am hopping our path will cross again !

Tim Franco is available for travel and documentary assignments please contact him at timfranco@gmail.com

Behind the Scene | Shanghai Fashion Shoot

Last week, I was producing a photoshoot for my agency Propaganda Studio in Shanghai with one of our photographer (Victor Marvillet ) . The client asked us to document the process and I snap a few photos & videos during the photo shoot. It ended up looking nice and completely different than the actual result of the commercial shoot. Here are some of the images. 

Tim Franco is Seoul & Shanghai based photographer available for commercial assignment all over the Asia region - you can also see more of his commercial work on his agency website at Propaganda Studio. Contact him directly for photography assignment at tim@propagandastudio.asia

Northern Lights in Norway

As I was traveling in the Lofoten islands in Norway to work on a story about Arctic Surfers, I was often on the road , driving from one surfing spot to the other and back to the beautiful fishing village of Sorvagen. Every night, I could see the beautiful Northern Lights ( Aurora Borealis ) appearing on the sky above me. It was not part of my project but i could not resist the temptation of stopping the car and capturing those fascinating ray of green colours traveling through the beautiful star filled sky.

Tim Franco is an Asia based photographer available for commercial and editorial photography assignment in South Korea, China and South east Asia.

Exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Photography

Metamorpolis is exhibited this month as part of the PVF festival in Finland. I have the great pleasure to have 10 photos in the Museum of Photography of Helsinki along side many great artists and photographers. The cover photo of Metamorpolis has also been used as the main marketing material for the festival poster.  

The exhibition is ongoing for the next three month ! Please don't hesitate to pay a visit if you are around ! More information here  : http://www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en/nayttelyt/nyt/event/72/253---poliittisen-valokuvan-festivaali-2017-ruoka

Outdoor Exhibition in Paris | China Photographer

My work from Metamorpolis was selected by the jury of the Circulation(s) festival this year. It was a great honour , not only to be part of a great group of artist exhibiting at the incredible 104 SPACE in Paris but also to have a special exhibition of 28 photographs at an amazing outdoor location in downtown Paris - Gare de l'Est. The photos will be exhibited until the end of February. 

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All the photos from this series are available for prints and magazines through Institute. Please contact me directly for other details at timfranco@gmail.com .

Fashion Editorial for Grazia | Shanghai

Last month, I was assigned by Grazia to cover a Max Mara event in Shanghai. The fashion show happened in the old exhibition center that was completely transformed for the occasion ! Here a few of the photos as well as the press clippings

Tim Franco is an award winning photographer based in Asia and available for editorial assignment in Seoul, Shanghai , Beijing & Hong Kong.

Urbanism & Modern architecture in Baku - Azerbaijan

Baku has a really impressive range of architecture. From the traditional old city to the out of proportion Flame Towers, it is hard to understand where the city is going in terms of urbanisation. Here are a few photos from my "Crude Gentrification" project about some of the craziest and more modern part of the city's architecture.

The series is available for editorial usage with my agency , click the link here

Khazar Islands - A failed urban dream ?

During my time in the Azeri Capital, working on my Crude Gentrification Story, I tried to visit and learn about as many places and project as possible . The Khazar Islands project is by far the one that surprised me the most ! This gigantic complex, as large as a small city is suppose to be spread on 30 Km2 over the caspian Sea and house about a million residents over luxury villas and supposely the tallest tower in the world ( Azerbaijan Tower ) . As per the wikipidia page , the project is suppose to go and be finished by 2025 but the reality seems otherwise. The site has been abandoned after only a few of the buildings have been erected. The Khazar Islands project can be seen as a reflection of the situation in Azerbaijan, a country that is trying hard to shine through new urban development and international event but that fails to see its realities . Here are a few images of it and some renders of the project found on the wikipedia page.

Only the entrance building with its swimming pool seems to rise at the entrance - here below a few of the rendering of how the project should look like 

Along the Caspian Sea

As part of my work on urban gentrification in Baku Azerbaijan - I have got the chance to spend a lot of time on the coast of the Caspian Sea. From Luxury Resort to trashed public beach, the caspian sea around the Azeri capital offers a unique glimpse of the disparity of the local life. Here are a few images . The whole project can be find here on this site and the compte series on my agency Institute Artist

The story is available for Publication through Institute Artist | or contact me  timfranco@gmail.com

Korea Travel Story for Geo Magazine

Last august, I have been assigned by Geo Magazine in France to travel around some of the UNESCO sites of Korea to shoot a travel issue. It was an incredible chance to visit the country where I am now based. The story was published in this month issue of the magazine, here are some of the unpublished photos and a gallery of the magazine press clip !

The trip took us from the fortress of Suwon to the Anohe folk villages. We then stayed in the temples of Haeinsa in the Gaya Mountains. The trip ended up the Yeosu peninsula when traveled around the islands and fishing villages.

Tim Franco is a Seoul and Shanghai based photographer who travels the Asia region on commercial & editorial assignments

Tunnel Digging | Corporate Asia

Herrenknecht is the largest TDM ( Tunnel Digging Machine ) company in the world. The huge machines they produce are digging tunnels all over the world for metro system, under river / sea pathways as well as water treatment.  Propaganda Studio has been working with Herrenknecht in China, South Korea & Singapore where I travel to document their process to create their latest marketing materials

click here to see more from that series

Tim Franco is available for commercial photography assignment all over asia ( South Korea | China | Singapore & Japan