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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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. 

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

Seoul urban study and cityscape

Itaewon at dawn

Gangnam offices at dusk

Central Seoul at dusk

Gangnam main shopping area

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Seoul is connected & wired through the latest and fastest online technologies. It is also a new city, mostly reconstructed after the Korean War, its large avenues and modern buildings seems endless in the center and spreading through beautiful mountains surrounding the city. It gives this megapolis a unique energy. While modern & tall buildings can be found in various part of the city, they always surround smaller and more intimate districts made of small alleys , traditional houses and business. Christianity is also an important part of modern Korean culture. In any district, the neon litted crosses can be seen from afar.

 

This urban study made with a traditional 4x5 large format wooden field camera in film aims to document the urban enviornement of the South Korean Capital.