Tim Franco is a French-Polish photographer born in Paris in 1982. In 2005, he moved to China where he started documenting the country’s urbanization and its social impact while collaborating with newspapers such as Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
In 2015, he published his first monograph – Metamorpolis – the conclusion of five years of work on the rural migrations in the fastest urbanizing city in the world: Chongqing. It was during this time that Franco developed his style of working mostly with analogue cameras and bringing a minimalist aesthetic to documentary photography. While applying those principles, Franco started to focus his work on portraiture. Experimenting with different photographic processes, he wishes to give a voice to underrepresented communities.
In 2016 Franco moved to South Korea where he started working on a long term project about North Korean defectors.
He has exhibited his work across Asia including at the Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpar; Chongqing Museum of Art and the Goethe Institute in Jakarta. In Europe he has shown work at the Museum of National Archive of Paris; Blank Gallery in Athens and the Museum of Photography in Helsinki.