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.
Boogie Woogie Photography represents photographers, organises exhibitions as curators or producers and advises collectors.
Since 2016, the leading Asian antique and art fair Fine Art Asia dedicates an exhibition space to Photography and brings together a selection of Hong Kong and overseas galleries selected by Boogie Woogie Photography.
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 fifteen years, he occupied several strategic and manager positions in French national and local Governments. Now based in Hong Kong, he contributes to foster partnerships between France and Hong through photo exhibitions and artists residencies. In 2019, he was appointed General Manager of Le French May, one of the largest cultural events in Asia.