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 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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China Industrial Photographer - Shrimp Farm in Tianjin

Recently visited an eco-friendly shrimp farm in Northern China, near Tianjin, were modern water filters have been developed and installed by Swedish engineering company Soya Group, helping local farmers improve the health & safety standards of their production and ultimately increase their revenues by cutting down their loss. Quite an original corporate assignment which led to surprisingly atmospheric images.

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 Architecture Photographer - Long Museum, Shanghai

Long Museum, Shanghai West Bund, by architect Liu Yichun.

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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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Hong Kong Industrial Photographer - Goodman Logistics

Documenting large scale industrial projects has always been a personal favorite type of commercial photography. This recent corporate assignment just took me to Hong Kong for a week of shooting, covering several logistic centers in and around the container port of HK, which is one of the largest in the world. The aim of this project was to find high angles over each site to give a good overview of the warehouses and their surrounding environment, as well as to give a sens of the scale of these massive projects. There was a lot of rooftop climbing involved to get this done. Another part of the job was to show the sites in operation, focusing on activities such as transport, storage and delivery of containers.

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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 Event Photographer - Louis Vuitton, Chengdu

With so many luxury stores opening all around China, Shanghai photographers have been busy recently covering series of spectacular events. On my side I was assigned by agency Actuasia to cover several Louis Vuitton openings along with fellow photographer Patrick Wack, including the brand's new flagship store in Chengdu as well as their Series 1 launch in Shanghai. Both events featured local and international celebrities such as Fan Bing Bing, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Chloë Sevigny.

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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 Warehouse Photographer - Goodman Logistics

Here is what I've been working on since the beginning of this year, illustrative corporate visuals for global warehouse developer Goodman all across China. This long-term project took me to Shanghai, Kunshan, Suzhou, Jinshan, Tianjin and Chengdu.

My aim has been to document all aspects of these development projects, from construction to finished products, sites in service, client interaction, general descriptive views, landscaping, architectural details, branding elements, access and integration within key locations, safety, human attention and other distinctive features.

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This industrial portfolio was set to showcase the diversity of usage and the high-end built quality of Goodman's design of serviced properties, and give a sens of their global overlook upon projects from land ownership to final client retail.

Another part of the job was to show the office side of business, as the company's head office for China is located within Shanghai's new Kerry Center and features prime open space design with a great emphasis put on human interaction.

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After this first series, I will soon start a second round of projects which will take me to new sites around Beijing, Nanjing and other cities.

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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Personal Project - Chongqing, Urban Jungle

Chongqing, Western China, is the ultimate urban jungle. With a municipality covering the size of Austria and home to almost 30 milion people, some call it the world's largest city. Eventhough most of its territorry and population are still rural, the urban core is under massive expansion and Chongqing is now the fastest growing city in the world. Yet this development is mostly wild and unregulated (the city is notorious for its corruption), which over the past years has led to an incredible forest of buildings taking over mountains and surrounding farm-lands, creating one of the most overwhelming urban landscapes on Earth. The hot and humid weather of Chongqing coupled with the total absence of coordinated landscape design allows for an abundant and lush vegetal wildlife to thrive everywhere in the city, taking over streets and buildings in a wonderfully chaotic way. This photo essay aims to show the unique scenery created by Chinese mass urbanization, endemic lawlessness, moutainous topography and subtropical climate, as a very organic urban sprawl out of a science fiction movie.

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