On The Move - Brazil

I am currently in Brazil for the whole month of February 2017 and available for editorial and commercial projects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

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 - 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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China Industrial Photographer - Tunnel Drilling

At some point last May my agency sent me out to shoot one of the most exiting industrial assignment I've had the chance to come across until this day. I was commissioned to document the drilling of a tunnel in Nanjing, which will host a new metro line linking the two sides of the city across the Yangtze River.

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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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China Luxury Retail Photographer - Berluti, Shanghai

As Shanghai continues to attract more and more luxury names into its thriving market, the French luxury shoemaker Berluti recently opened a new flagship store in Pudong's financial district. For this occasion, the brand invited several high-end craftsmen to display some antique tailoring techniques to a few selected clients. I was assigned by the agency Peter Franklin to photograph and document the skills presented there with an artistic documentary approach, in an effort to showcase the raw materials and noble gestures that have passed through generations.

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

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China Event Photographer - Hong Kong Wine Tasting

Rhone Vignobles is a french association of 14 independent wine makers from the Rhone Valley who have recently been on a promotional tour around Asia, introducing their high-end millesimes to wine professionals and other enthusiasts from Hong Kong and Shanghai. Together with the marketing agency Vinosensia, they organized wine tastings and diners in both cities, where I followed them to document those joyful encounters. I did get a bit tipsy.

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China Luxury Event Photographer - Shanghai Fashion Week

This week I had the opportunity to take backstage photos for a fashion show in Shanghai, documenting the preparation and off-moments of the event. I worked with my new Nikon D600 on this assignment, which appears to be a surprising and amazing little camera on the field, absolutely suitable for any demanding professional photographer. I was very pleased with the rich, sharp, deep files it produces. The girls were nice, too.

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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 portraits, editorial, lifestyle, luxury events, advertising campaigns and more.

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