Tillmann Franzen: Dog studies for LESIA veterinary clinic
It’s almost impossible to look at Tillmann Franzen’s latest shoot without feeling a smile creep across your face. Based in Düsseldorf, LESIA is a newly opened veterinary clinic entirely devoted to animal welfare. The clinic is named after a dog that the staff brought back from the brink of starvation and neglect. You can tell from Franzen’s series that every employee puts their heart and soul into the clinic. It’s not a job, it’s a passion. Molly, a sickly West Highland terrier sits on her doctor’s lap whilst he carefully explains the treatment plan to her owner. In another room, injured Buster is finally getting back on his feet thanks to the encouragement of his physician and the exceptional water therapy facilities at the clinic. Franzen’s message is clear: while they’re under the clinic’s care, the biggest problem these dogs will face is having to leave one day!
Tillmann Franzen: WELEDA Promotion Campaign
Weleda have always had a very conscious approach when it comes to the production of their skin care range. Jung Von Matt commissioned photographer Tillmann FRANZEN to shoot a campaign promoting the fact that Weleda harvest organic plants (over 300 species) on their own biodynamic farms.
An ideal brief for Franzen, who has always had an insatiable curiosity for what goes on behind the scenes. Early one morning, Franzen photographed the workers as they handpicked each calendula flower in the orange-blossom fields of their farm in Wetzgau. You can almost hear the ‘snap’ as the flower is carefully removed from its stem. The mist has not yet settled and the morning dew is still fresh in the air. Franzen’s series perfectly captures Weleda’s trademark wholesome, natural, soothing tone.
Tillmann Franzen: Tita Giese, die Dschungelkönigin
For the past thirty years German landscape architect Tita Giese has been designing gardens for European cities and artists such as Thomas Ruff and Andreas Gursky. She is known as the artist that works with plants. ZEITmagazin commissioned Tillmann Franzen to photograph the artist in her studio space in Dusseldorf for a feature called ‘The Jungle Queen’. Giese’s garden is a playground for the senses; bamboo, yuccas, rhubarb, confetti and mussel shells are dotted around the grounds with the same intricate precision and eccentricity as the notes in an Erik Satie composition.
Franzen shows us what every artist really aspires to deep down: to create a universe out of nothing but their imagination. Giese has the rare privilege of actually living inside her art. Never has anyone seemed more at home.
Tillmann Franzen: Car-free motorways for HOCHTIEF
Usually someone to keep both his feet firmly on the ground, Tillmann FRANZEN had the pleasure of taking off in a helicopter for the HOCHTIEF construction company. He managed to create a remarkable photography series on a day, when the A40 motorway (in the Ruhrgebiet near Cologne, Germany) was closed to traffic and instead crowded with pedestrians and bicyclist.
While the traffic is virtually non-existent, the people enjoy the day of unaccustomed freedom. His eagle eye also captured the rather unusual geometric forms of the highway itself, the curve patterns, which meander through the landscape like rivers of concrete. Of course, the inevitable onslaught of cars and trucks will soon return to the street and once again turn it into a loud and ugly traffic melting pot. Yet, Franzen’s pictures will always remind us that this place was a place of beauty – even if only for one day.
Tillmann Franzen: Tractor series for Architectural Digest
The last few days have been ripe with change: the cold wind has since blown past, the days are slowly becoming longer again and somehow, the days of summer hover in the air like the promise of an expected arrival. To farmers, this means the advent of harvest time. Tillmann FRANZEN’s most recent work for ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST magazine captures the emotion and essence of these golden harvest days, by portraying a collection of classic and old tractors.
The photographer made sure to photograph the carefully restored machines within their natural surroundings – out on the fields instead of some random and characterless showrooms. When one takes a look at the pictures, the anthropomorphic pride of the tractors seems almost tangible, as they are resting on the fields after a long day of hard work. The motors are still thumping, while they slowly cool down in the tender embrace of the shade and still relish in what they achieved that day, long after the farmer himself has gone to bed.
Tillmann Franzen: Mini visit for MINI magazine
Tillmann FRANZEN’s next port of call is in the MINI Factory where we see a modern Mini being transformed into a racecar.
The beauty and confident personality of the Mini is obvious in every one of Franzen’s photos. It almost seems to be aware of the trophies that line the walls of the factory, learning about its pedigree and what it has to aim for once it hits the racetrack. Shot for MINI magazine, it’s an intimate series that will definitely set the hearts of all car enthusiasts racing.
Tillmann Franzen: VOLVO magazine shoot
Tillman FRANZEN’s love of shooting in factories is really starting to pay off. Both of his latest commissions have been set in amongst flying sparks and hissing machinery. The first is a feature for Volvo magazine in the production factory of one of the oldest furniture brands in the world: Thonet.
It’s a place with a true sense of heritage and Franzen really brings across the positive energy of a factory in which each piece is hand-crafted.
Tillmann Franzen: SIEDLE annual report
Tillmann FRANZEN photographed the current SIEDLE annual report.
Tillmann Franzen: DEUTSCHE BÖRSE and HANIEL
It’s evident from Tillmann FRANZEN’s portfolio that he’s a lover of unusual places. No surprise then that DEUTSCHE BÖRSE MAGAZIN sent him to pay a visit to a knife factory for one of their features. The joy Franzen finds in opening our eyes to hidden places really shines through in this shoot. Places that hold a secret. Places that we wish we could visit but which will remain elusive to those of us who haven’t yet seen Franzen’s work.
Furthermore, he photographed the most recent annual report for HANIEL.
Tillmann Franzen for Monocle Magazine
Tillmann FRANZEN shot the THW and EU-USAR earthquake training for MONOCLE magazine. According to Markus Albers from MONOCLE “THW is a German technical aid charity that dispatch specialists to crisis areas around the world. The majority of their helpers are volunteers and work in countries from Africa to Asia.”
The team in the photographs has just been working in Japan.