Tim Franco is a French-Polish photographer based in Shanghai. Since 2005, he has been fascinated by the transformation of Chinese cities. He documents change through urban photography and keeps in tone with the underground art world and the social implications of urbanization. His book, “Shanghai Soundbites”, was released in June 2008 to depict the evolution of the alternative music scene in China and particularly Shanghai. Tim is a regular contributor to Le Monde and his work has been published in NRC, Wiwo, Global Journal, Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, The Fader, CNN online, Time Out, Urban.
5 questions for Tim Franco
What is the one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning?
What would be your perfect day?
I can’t define a perfect day. I think every time I experience or learn something new is a great day.
What is the longest trip you ever took to make a photo?
Nowadays, nothing seems really far. I guess the longest trip was up a mountain in the Himalayas to get a shot from the summit.
What was the hardest image you ever had to make?
What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?
Discovering new things and meeting incredible people.
Photoshoot of a music band in Beijing
Shooting my favorite city in China: Chongqing
Portrait of my mother, the artist Anna Mikke