Free Choice / Conceptual Photography | Nominee

Tania Franco Klein

Mexico City / Mexico

Our Life in the Shadows


Influenced by the pursuit of the American Dream lifestyle and contemporary practices such as leisure, consumption, media overstimulation, eternal youth, and the psychological sequels they generate in our everyday life. The project seeks to evoke a mood of isolation, desperation, vanishing, and anxiety, through fragmented images, that exist both in a fictional way and a real one.
Philosopher Byung-Chul Han says we live in an era of exhaustion and fatigue, caused by an incessant compulsion to perform. We have left behind the immunological era, and now experience an era characterized by neuropsychiatric diseases such as depression, attention deficit, burnout syndrome and bipolar disorder.
The constant need to escape, to always look outside. My characters find themselves almost anonymous, melting in places, vanishing into them, constantly looking for any possibility of escape. They find themselves alone, desperate and exhausted. Constantly in an odd line between trying and feeling defeated


2014 - 2016 | University of the Arts London, MA Fashion Photography, London UK.
2009 - 2013 | CENTRO de Diseño, Cine y T.V. BA Architecture, Mexico city.

Reviews and Publications:
2017 | The Best of LensCulture Book.
2017 | 17 in 2017: Emerging Creative Talent to Watch, Format Magazine
2017 | British Journal of Photography, The Female Gaze issue, UK
2017 | Lense, Project Feature, France
2017 | LensCulture Project Feature
2017 | Fisheye Magazine issue 23, Portfolio feature, FR
2017 | Future Now: 100 Contemporary Artists Book, Aesthetica Magazine, UK
2017 | Good Bokeh Book, Dab Art, LACMA Permanent Collection
2017 | Wild Dogs In Paris feature, UK
2016 | Best of Photo Vogue Italia.
2016 | Aperture Foundation, “Tania Franco Klein Homage to William Eggleston” by Chris Boot, US
2016 | I-D, Fresh new talent at the LCF, UK
2016 | UAL, Graduate Spotlight, UK
2015 | Pigeons & Peacocks Magazine, Unmasking the media, UK

Awards and Special Mentions:
2017 | Sony Photography Awards, National Award winner, UK
2017 | Lensculture Exposure Awards, Finalist
2017 | Aesthetica Art Prize, Longlisted
2017 | Nexofoto, Shortlisted
2017 | Life Framer Open Call, Honorary Mention
2016 | ND Awards, Honorable Mention.
2016 | Aperture Foundation, #ApertureDearBill Winner, US
2016 | Honorable mention, Stories Exhibition, Hungary

2017 | #BORNTHESAME global tour Slideluck Editorial, Les Rencontres d’Arles
2017 | Photo Basel
2017 | Vanitas Spectacle, Almanaque Fotográfica gallery, MX
2017 | Sony Photography Awards, Somerset House London, UK
2017 | Vitamina A, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico
2017 | Lensculture Exposure Awards, International Festivals.
2017 | Aesthetica Art Prize, York Gallery, UK
2017 | Lucie Foundation, Month of Photography LA
2017 | Dab Art International Exhibition LA
2016 | Green Exhibition Darkroom Gallery , US
2016 | Stories Exhibition Gallery PH21, Budapest
2016 | MA Photography final show Victoria House Basement, London