Boogie Woogie Photography is a company founded by Vanessa Franklin and Xavier Mahe in Hong Kong in 2016 to promote photography in Asia. It is named after the Broadway Boogie to which the artist Piet Mondrian loved to dance.
The launch of Boogie Woogie Photography responds to the growing interest for artistic photographic prints in Asia. Collectors, galleries and museums are now increasingly promoting photographic works and the artists who produce them.
Boogie Woogie Photography’s mission is to be a platform for galleries, collectors, companies and photographers aiming to develop photography projects in Hong Kong and Asia.
Vanessa Franklin and Xavier Mahe provide services such as Art photography sales and consultancy, collection advisory, curatorial and promotions for exhibitions and events.
Vanessa Franklin is a French photographer who now lives in Hong Kong. After graduating from l'Ecole des Gobelins, she went to London to work as a photo assistant. During this time she exhibited her first series of British urban toilets "Ladies & Gentlemen" in Paris Espace Cardin. She was noticed by editorial magazines and photo agent and started a prolific career as a commercial and portrait photographer in Paris and London. In 2011 she moved to Japan, where her series "Bleu" was shown at Hasselblad Gallery in Tokyo and Imura Gallery in Kyoto. Vanessa worked as a photographer while joining the Organizing Committee of Tokyo Photo Art Fair for the 2012 and 2013 edition. She moved to Hong Kong in 2014. Her exhibition "Lives and Works in Hong Kong" was shown by Alan Chan at Space 27 during the French May Festival in 2016.
Xavier Mahe is specialized in cultural affairs and communication. He graduated with a Master's degree in Anthropology from the University of Aix en Provence and studied at ESRA International Film school. For 15 years, he has occupied several strategic and manager positions in French national and local Governments. Since 2015, he has been Cultural Project Manager at Alliance Francaise. In 2016, he contributes to create a partnership between the French International Photo Festival, Les Photaumnales and the Hong Kong International Photo Festival through two large photo exhibitions in France and Hong Kong as well as artists residencies.