Illicit Ink at KLPA | Korea Photographer

My series Illicit Ink will be exhibited as part of the Kuala Lumpur Portrait Awards and one of the photograph from the series was selected for the poster of the exhibition. Illicit ink is a series of intimate portraits of the underground tattooist community in South Korea shot on paper negatives.

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The photos will be exhibited as part of a group exhibition from the 14th of september to the 27th at the ILHAM gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

Pullman China | Asia Hotel Photographer

Last winter, I was assigned by Accor to shoot one their newest hotel in Inner Mongolia. The Pullman was located in the city of Baotou, at the gates of the Gobi Desert. The photos will be used by the Accor group for marketing and commercial purposes. Here are some of those images:

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Tim Franco is a commercial photographer based between Seoul and Shanghai. For more information please get in touch at timfranco@gmail.com

Seoul Watch Fashion | South Korea Photographer

On my latest assignment for the New York Times, I have been asked to photographs Seoul watch owners for a story. It was a great opportunity to shoot street portraits with natural lighting the way I was doing it long time ago when I started shooting bands in Shanhgai. I really enjoyed the locations in the backstreet of the Gangnam district. You can see the full stories and photos here : https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/fashion/watches-seoul-street-style.html

 Sara Kim posing in a backstreet of the Gangnam district in Seoul. Tim Franco for the New York Times.
 Jinsu Ahn wearing a 1982 Omega watch and posing in the backstreets of Cheongdam district in Seoul. Tim Franco for the New York Times

Tim Franco is a Seoul, South Korea based photographer who travels for assignment all around the Asia region. He works on commercial and editorial assignments.

Kabukicho | Tokyo Red Light district

There is something magic and electrifying about walking around Tokyo at night. The kabukicho district in Tokyo is certainly one of the most lively and extravagant district out there. Between bars, live shows and love motels, I enjoyed a few days in the city to shoot some of the streets with a medium format analog camera. Here are some of those photos:

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Tim Franco is available for editorial and commercial assignments in Japan and greater Asia.

Seo Ji-hyun for Time Magazine

Tim Magazine assigned me to portray Seo Ji-hyun in South Korea. Miss Seo is a prosecutor who was the first woman to speak out about the #MeToo movement in South Korea. Her courage inspired thousands of women in the country. It was a last minute assignment and we had very little to work with but I am pretty happy with the final photo!

Tim Franco is available for editorial portrait assignments in Asia.

China - North Korea border | Rivers of defection

As both Koreas are trying to work towards a peace solution, the defections from the DPRK are happening daily. In my first chapter ( http://www.timfranco.com/unperson ), I have interviewed & portrayed those defectors. This time, I traveled along the border of the secretive state and China. The two countries are separated by two rivers and one mountain. Most of the defectors are crossing the rivers into China before finding their difficult way into South Korea. Crossing those rivers is the first step into a new world. Those photos are documenting those places and showing how close and easy it is to make this first step. 

North Korea from the city of Dandong

North Korea from the city of Dandong

Chinese fishfarm overlooking North Korea

Chinese fishfarm overlooking North Korea

 

 

 

North Korea

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China

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just a few meters between China and North Korea

just a few meters between China and North Korea

An old bridge destroyed to cut the traffic between the two countries.

An old bridge destroyed to cut the traffic between the two countries.

All those photos are copyrighted Tim Franco 2018 and available for editorial use upon request.
Get in touch timfranco@gmail.com

Abandonned Ski Resort near the South Korean Olympics

The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics opened on February 9th. As South Korea just spent 600 million euros on a brand new winter resort, we need only travel one hour North of the new site to find the previous Alps Resort, brutally abandoned 12 years ago. An eerie place that lets one wonder about the fleeting legacy of the Olympic games.

Here is a selection of large format photograph taken in this site as well as a drone video footage of the resort

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Those image and a wilder selection of digital ones are available for editorial usage upon request, please get in touch with timfranco@gmail.com. All drone footages are also available.

Tim Franco is a documentary photographer and drone pilot available for assignment in Asia

North Korean portraits | Unperson

This is the first portrait of my new series about North Korean defectors.

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When Kim Pil-joo was a young boy, his mom was often traveling to China illegally to purchase and sell products. Every time she got back, a smell of candy and sweets was invading their home. He imagined China as a big candy factory. At 12, during a rough year of famine in the country, he experienced a public execution. The man had stolen a copper safety line from a mine and tried to sell it. It took him two attempts to manage to escape North Korea. His mom was already in China and it was a question of survival. When he finally arrived in South Korea, he was first shocked by how welcomed he was by the local government. All his life he was told how evil the South Korean were. Even thou he now lives and studies in the south, he finds it difficult to integrate fully the social and hope for a unique identity, where north and south are just one.

To reflect this incredible transition, I chose to portray those defectors on an analog material that is not supposed to exist. Just as their situation, the negative of a Polaroid is not supposed to be usable. It is only obtained through a series of chemical purification’s of the back paper of the original image. The result is often uncertain, dirty and imperfect. This series of portraits is the first chapter of a project reflecting on North Korea and the notions of borders and identity.

The complete series is available for publication upon request @ timfranco@gmail.com

Metamorpolis exhibition in Nantes

The Metamorpolis series is currently exhibited in Nantes at le Passage Saintes Croix until the 21st of november. It is the biggest and I have to say, nicest exhibition produce so far on this project and I was thrilled to be part of the opening event. Here is a few photos of the space .

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Please don't hesitate to contact me directly if you have any question about the exhibition or the project or if you are interested to get the book please go to http://www.metamorpolis.com to purchase a copy !

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Banana Industry in Costa Rica

Following my latest post, I wanted to share this time the beginning of my commercial assignment. I was following the fruit shipping industry in Costa Rica and the obvious first step was the Banana Picking in the plantations. I followed a group of men on their daily routine, from sunrise to sunset with their mule.

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Tim Franco is an editorial & Commercial photographer based in Asia and available for assignments worldwide.

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