Natalie Franco is a Los Angeles based photographer. She is a graduate from the Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Ryman Arts Alumni. Born and raised in the city of Alhambra, Natalie started photographing at the age of twelve. Natalie's earlier work documented people struggling with AIDS and drug addiction in the San Francisco Tenderloin. Keeping to traditional black and white film for many years, her intimate portraits of humans were captured around various parts of the world including Turkey, Belize, Guatemala and Morocco. Natalie's primary focus at her University was Photojournalism/Documentary. However, during her remaining years she expanded reinventing and refined her photographic vision. She dared to cross over carrying a new aim that fuses a hybrid of fictional elements and fantasy. The new stylized imagery evolved into a whimsical color field of unexpected human behavior. Natalie's signature look has emerged into this primordial genre behind these cinematic moments.
She has received numerous recognition around the world. Natalie was awarded three Honorable mentions in the 2005 International Photography Awards. In 2006 a month before graduation, she was chosen as the top 21 emerging artist in the CMYK Fall issue and in Serbin Communications Annual Best of College Photography. The last two years followed by second place winner under Fashion-Advertising (non-pro) in the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Competition in Paris, France. F-Stop Magazine recently featured her work in issue 28# of 2008. Natalie has shown in galleries around the San Francisco and the LA area including Bergamot Station in Santa Monica and Forest Lawn Museum.
Continuum is the word to identify and chroniclize the imagery that is presented. The intention is the continuation of an ongoing series of photographs that has transformed into my interpretation of modern influences and social projection. Photographing is a state of mind. The reality of that state is how you interpret the world. Thus, human and environment become a fusion of isolated moments of time and behavior. The process is scouting each location carefully and choosing the human that identifies with a particular environment. I pay close attention to the candid subtle details within posture and mannerisms. I also become a light stalker in seeking the best available light that is provided by the environment or I provide my own. The concept of every photograph is the idea of photographing ordinary people in unexpected settings and situations. The vibrant color palette illustrates the momentum for each narrative scene. The human converts into an object and then I wait and watch for the moment to click the shutter.
My portraits are compositions of direct honesty, humanness, and simplicity. I'm exploring the nature of my work as a voyeur and a director. Playing both roles gives me direct insight into human interaction with the atmosphere. This is a pure reflection of who I am as a human and artist.
1 9 9 6 - 1 9 9 7 - The Ryman Arts Program, U S C
1998-2006 - Bachelors of Fine Arts, Academy of Art University