China corporate photographer: LDC Annual Report, Yunnan Coffee Farming

Yunnan province in Southern China has emerged as a coffee producing region this past decade and is now becoming the focus of attention as a new player on the global stage for coffee trading.

The Louis Dreyfus Company is working in close collaboration with coffee farmers around Asia to help and promote sustainable farming methods, aiming to raise the ethical and quality standards of production and overall improve the entire supply chain.

My latest collaboration with LDC saw me travelling to Yunnan to document the work of farmers in the hills of Pu’er, as well as the quality control, warehousing and shipping process in Kunming for the company’s regional and global annual report and sustainability report.

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Raphael Olivier is a corporate and industrial photographer based in Asia, working from Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore on assignments all around the region.

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Logwin, Annual Report - Singapore Corporate Photographer

During the last quarter of 2016, I was assigned to travel on location all around Asia to photograph logistics activities, warehouses and corporate offices for Logwin's global annual report. This project took me to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Almaty, Dubai, Singapore and Jakarta.

Raphael Olivier is a corporate & industrial photographer based in Asia for about 10 years, currently living between Hong Kong and Singapore, and available for assignments around the region including annual reports, corporate social responsibility reports, advertising campaigns and more.

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China Luxury Event Photographer - Audemars Piguet

One of my last jobs in Shanghai was as the photographer for Audemars Piguet luxury watches, presented as a private art exhibition at the Yuz Museum. The Swiss ultra-luxury brand collaborated with French designer Mathieu Lehanneur to create a circular space reflecting the inside of a timepiece, taking visitors into a chronologial journey through the history of the brand and its different influences.

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, luxury events, hospitality, advertising campaigns and more.

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China Advertising Photographer - Qatar Airways, Shanghai

Last month I was fortunate enough to be seleted as the photographer to shoot destination key visuals around Shanghai in the frame of a worldwide advertising campaign for Qatar Airways.

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

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Personal Project - Ordos, A Failed Utopia

I recently completed a personal project about Ordos, Inner Mongolia, mostly known as China's largest "Ghost Town".

Ordos is actually a regular provincial city located in the Gobi Desert region of Northern China, home to about 1 million people, and sitting on one of the richest land in the country with plenty of natural ressources such as coal, gas and rare earth metals. So rich that in early 2000's the local government decided to invest massively in the creation of an all new city, a "New Ordos", about 1 hour south from the Old Ordos. This new city would become a flamboyant political, cultural and economic center for the region, featuring state of the art infrastructure and world class architecture. A futuristic new capital of the North East, designed from scratch and meant to host over a million souls. Unfortunately this heavy investment coupled with poor planning resulted in very high property prices, so much that nobody actually moved in, leaving the city totally empty and abandoned. This phenomenon was well covered by the international press and made quite a few headlines world-wide.

Years later, I decided to visit Ordos to see what had become of the infamous city, documenting this unique decaying built landscape with a purely architectural approach. This series "Ordos - A Failed Utopia" was well received by the photography community and circulated widely online with features in several well respected blogs and magazines such as Archdaily, Dezeen, Fubiz, Digital Rev, Tech Insider, Business Insider, Wonderful Machine, Lost at E Minor and a few others.

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China Industrial Photographer - Wallenius Ship Building

Swedish shipping company Wallenius are currently building 4 new vessels in Tianjin, China. I recently travelled to the shipyard to document the construction process which is quite spectacular. The first ship is due to be completed mid 2016 and will add to the 40 vessels fleet currently in use, mostly transporting cars, trucks and machines.

Raphael Olivier is a corporate & industrial photographer based in Asia for about 10 years, currently living between Hong Kong and Singapore, and available for assignments around the region including annual reports, corporate social responsibility reports, advertising campaigns and more.

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China Interior Photographer - Little Bean Coffee Shop

Little Bean is a boutique coffee shop recently opened in Shanghai, next to Pudong's Science and Technology Museum. The interior was designed by Melbourne-based practice DesignOffice and features curved counter and tables, circular ceiling openings lined with greenery and topped with massive mirrors allowing great light circulation throughout the space. Beautiful vintage roasting machines are used in the training area for young baristas. And bakery is excellent too.

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, luxury events, hospitality, advertising campaigns and more.

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China Hotel Photographer - Accor Group, Mercure Wuhan

Part of being a commercial photographer in China is having to find creative solutions in very challenging situations. The most recent example of that just happened, when our photographers team arrived on site to shoot a Mercure Hotel in Wuhan only to find that the hotel was still under construction. In that case, "pre-opening" was to be understood as "total chaos". However, the client was desperate and completely relying on us to find some kind of magic way to make the place look clean, comfortable and attractive. With a bit of experience, we now know how to take it step by step, using natural lighting effects and selective framing in the best way to make things look the way they should. Creating atmospheric, story-telling images in all circumstances has now become our daily routine. Here are a few outtakes from our latest photo shoot for Accor Group in China.

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, luxury events, hospitality, advertising campaigns and more.

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China Industrial Photographer - Shanghai Textile Factory

Recently documented the process of thread & fabric making in a textile factory in China, as well as garment design and finishing, following the full creative process from raw wool arriving in bulk at the warehouse all the way to the end product ready to be shipped out for retail distribution. This corporate documentary was shot for an anonymous retailer to showcase the quality of fabrication throughout their production lines in Asia.

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Raphael Olivier is a corporate & industrial photographer based in Asia for about 10 years, currently living between Hong Kong and Singapore, and available for assignments around the region including annual reports, corporate social responsibility reports, advertising campaigns and more.

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Hong Kong Architecture Photographer - Ports 1961 Pop-Up

Photo documentary about the construction of Ports 1961 event set in Hong Kong, designed and built by Bureau Betak. The venue was a large open concrete structure set on the rooftop of a ferry pier, overlooking Victoria Harbour. I was assigned to capture behind-the-scene moments to showcase the various challenges involved in the making of such a set, as well as architectural views of the completed structure in its context, the way it was used for the event, and how people interacted with the space.

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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 architeture, interiors, luxury events, hospitality, advertising campaigns and more.

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