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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Happy-Lucky-Site-Arita/132233913614626

Or book your stay on airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5933042

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.

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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, hospitality, lifestyle, advertising campaigns and more.

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China Luxury Event Photographer - Burberry, Shanghai

Burberry just officially launched its new flagship store at Shanghai Kerry Center, the brand's largest store in Asia. To celebrate this opening, a massive event was held this week in an old industrial shipyard specially dressed up for the occasion, featuring Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, in a spectacular show aiming to bring London to Shanghai for a night.

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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 Lifestyle Photographer - Germain Tailors, Shanghai

Outtake from a recent portrait session: a new advertising campaign for the french tailor "Germain" in Shanghai. Germain has been working within the textile industry in China for over 7 years, producing high-end bespoke suits for men. He has already supplied some of the world's most famous brands with his craft. For selected clients, he has recently opened his own little private studio in the quiet heart of Shanghai's old French Concession.

As a photographer, I've had the chance to work with Germain on many occasions, following him from busy factories and colorful markets to trendy design studios and fancy art galleries... I have documented the whole process of his art. Meanwhile, I have learned a great deal from the values and lifestyle of a classic tailor living from his passion, far away from home, against all winds of modern society.

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

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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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