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

Crude Gentrification in Baku | Azerbaijan

Dominated by the flame towers, the city of Baku seems to pride itself in its successful oil history. Once known as the black city, the abundance of oil inland and on the caspian sea has seen this fairly new country (Azerbaijan) rise from the ground. Located between two big power of the Region (Russia and Iran) and still involved in an ethnic conflict on its west border with Armenia, the country has been looking for ways to build up a national pride around its successful oil profits.

From organizing international events (European Games, Formula one amongst others), the country has invested a lot into impressive infrastructure and working together with big names in architecture to gentrify and modernise its capital city . Oil money has even sometimes ignited dreams of giant projects such as the Kazar island, a Dubai-like housing project with the highest scryscraper in the world surrounded by luxury residences that has seen a brutal stop. Other original projects involve the white city located in what was once the center of the oil industry in downtown Baku, based on Haussmanian / Parisian architecture. With the fluctuation of oil prices, the economy of Azerbaijan is at risk.

From war migrant camps to futuristic architecture, this photo series portrays the capital city of a the land of fire !

I am very happy to present you this new photographic series if you are interested in publishing it, you can view the whole set and purchase images with my agency directly @institute artist by clicking the following link : Crude Gentrification Complete Series

Lotte Tower | Architecture Photography

The Lotte Tower is the second tallest building in East Asia and by far the tallest skyscraper in South Korea. Designed by KPF architects, it will be completed in a few month and will become part of the landscape of the South Korean capital Seoul. Here are a few images.

Tim Franco is an architecture photographer based in Seoul & Shanghai and available for architecture assignment all over asia, contact him at timfranco@gmail.com or tim@propagandastudio.asia

Portrait Session | Seoul Photograher

I have been recently contacted by an aspiring model to do some photos of her in Seoul. I always wanted to take some portrait inside the great Dongdaemun Design Plazza by Zaha Hadid. I took this opportunity to try out the location. Here are some of those portraits

Tim Franco is a Seoul, South Korea based photographer available for portrait & commercial assignment . Contact timfranco@gmail.com + 821095228801

Wolmido vintage park | South Korea Photographer

Between assignments, I am spending some good and deserved rest time in my new home in Seoul / South Korea. But i can't help myself to pick up the camera and shoot what attracts my eyes. Recently I discovered this really vintage amusement park on a small island in Incheon, a one hour ride away from the capital city by subway.

Tim Franco is a documentary & commercial photographer now based in Seoul South Korea and taking commercial photography assignment in the whole east asia region.

First Light - Fishing in the Celtic Sea | Documentary Photographer

While back in Brittany for the summer ( western part of France where my family is from ), I traveled to a small village of fisherman in the remote part of the region to start a new photography project. While the main project just started, I also did a mini series while going fishing with some local fisherman in the Celtic Sea.

We left around 2.30 am to reach the the trawling point at sunrise around 5.30 to 6 am. The boat is trawling his net at the bottom of the ocean three to five times per fishing sessions. The main catch is Langoustine but about 20 to 30 % of the revenue is still made with other fishes , squids, crabs and other kinds of ocean creature that get caught in the net. 15 to 17 hours are spent on the sea every day on the weak and the work can be dangerous especially in big waves when the boat is rocked in every direction. Accidents can happen quickly 

This series is available for editorial usage | please contact me at timfranco@gmail.com

Exhibition | Musee d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux

From june to october 2016, I have the chance to be exhibited among great photographers and artists at the Musee d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux for the Arc en Reve Architecture and Urban Space of the future exhibition. Here are some photos

Those photos are part of my metamorpolis project and are available in my book on purchase. Please don't hesitate to contact me for exhibition opportunity.

Future Sound of China | Editorial Photography

Last month I have traveled around China to portray the Future Sound of China, a story about upcoming and underground musician around the middle kingdom. All the portraits were shot on my old and favorite hasselblad on film. Here are some of the portraits and the tear sheets of the article 

Tim Franco is a photographer based in Asia out of Seoul and travels monthly to China and East asia for editorial and commercial photography assignment

Seoul travel story | Travel Photography for L'Express

I moved earlier this year to my new apartment on the beautiful hill of Namsam in the center of the capital city of South Korea. A few weeks ago I was assigned by the french magazine l'Express for a travel story here in Seoul. Here are a few tear sheets from that story.

Tim Franco is Seoul / Shangai / Beijing based photographer available for editorial and commercial photography assignment all over Asia. 

Fashion Photography | STELLA DESIGN

I have recently worked on a small fashion shoot for a local Shanghai Designer. The set up was quite simple and I have decided to shoot using a medium format film camera. Here are some of the result of the work produced for the 3 outfits.

Tim Franco is aFashion & Lifestyle photographer available for assignment in Seoul ( South Korea ) & Shanghai ( China ). contact him at timfranco@gmail.com

UBER Commercial Photography Campaign

Last year, we were contacted through Propaganda Studio to produce images for the new China photography campaign for UBER. Here some of the images I shot

Tim Franco is a Seoul ( South Korea ) and Shanghai ( China ) based photographer who is available for commercial assignment through his agency Propaganda Studio based in Hong Kong

Metamorpolis Exhibition in Paris - Duo Gallery

A few days ago was the opening of my Metamorpolis Exhibition at the Duo Gallery in Paris where I am sharing the floor with photographer Patrick Wack on the thematic of Chongqing and the struggle between urbanisation and invasion of the rural world in China . The opening was very succesfull and the show will go on until february the 6 th

Gallery Duo : 24, rue du Marche Popincourt, Paris 75011
Subway: ( Oberkampf or Parmentier )

The opening happened on the 6th of January

Floating City - A review of the new ZTE Axon Elite

I recently got the opportunity to try the new ZTE Axon Elite phone to try their new phone and its camera function. I was having a busy month working on couple assignments around China and preparing for an exhibition but finally took a few days off and traveled to Hong Kong to try out different functionality of the phone. It was very easy to get my hands on the camera function. The screen phone is large but still feels quite steady in the hand and definition of and luminosity of the screen are very convenient for a precise framing. 

While I was traveling throughout the city and visiting some of my favorite rooftops, I started to look at the different modes of the camera. As I was trying to capture the density of the city, i was struggling between the perfect uniformity of the high rises and the mess of cars and markets on the street. I used the mirror mode that allowed me to only keep the clean part of the image, and , by automaticly reflecting the higher part of the photo. It suddenly allowed me to have an incredible and completely sur-realistic image of the city. I had the impression of capturing floating building on an advanced alien planet. 

The photo ended up very sharp rendering well the strange and confusing colors of the city. I was really happy with the result and thinking about continuing a series about Hong Kong using this approach.

Shanghai Skaters Story for HUCK Magazine

Here is a feature I work on with some of the Local and International skaters cruising and enjoying Shanghai Urban Areas. Was an interesting gig to photograph especially with my old rolleiflex

I am a photographer based in Shanghai & Seoul working on editorial and commercial assignments