Personal Project - Japan Ceramic Factory

Kouraku porcelain factory, Arita, Japan. This is one of the oldest in the country and now almost completely abandoned.

Back in 1865, when the factory started operations, it was a very successful enterprise. At the time, Kouraku was one of the biggest and most modern pottery factories in Japan, employing over 500 persons and exporting its products internationally. However, due to the severe economical crisis that has been hitting Japan for decades and ever growing competition from neighbouring countries, the family business has been forced to lay off most of its employees so that today only 15 workers still remain on site.

In an effort to revive this historical heritage relic, local authorities are now sponsoring a program to welcome local and foreign artists to use the factory as a workshop and organize various residencies. The plan is also to open a café and guest-house to generate a little income, which hopefully will help making the global restoration process a success.

Until then, you can follow them on facebook:

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South Korea Hotel Photographer - Accor Group, Novotel Suwon

Latest photo shooting for Accor Hotels in South Korea, including Novotel Ambassador Seoul and Suwon, as well as the new water front Ibis in Haeundae Beach, Busan.


Raphael Olivier is a commercial photographer based in Asia for about 10 years, currently living between Hong Kong and Singapore, and available for assignments around the region including architecture, interiors, hospitality, lifestyle, advertising campaigns and more.


Personal Project - Hong Kong Architecture Study in Black & White

I came to Hong Kong for the first time in 2008, expecting to find a futuristic metropolis straight out of a fiction movie. My big surprise was to find a city that had been probably very modern at some point in the 70's and which was now slowly decaying in the humidity and heat, with a delicious vintage feel to it. Since then I've been back many times and the unique architectural landscape of this city continues to amaze me every time. In the frame of a personal photographic study on urbanism in Asia, I have worked on several series about architecture and urban spaces around Hong Kong.

Below are some recent out-takes from my latest trip to the island.