Natalie Marie Franco is an award-winning fine art photographer, master educator and fine artist based in Los Angeles, California. Once photographed by Douglas Kirkland, Natalie Franco has taken precedence in the photo community through her eclectic and visceral imagery. The repertoire of Natalie’s works, inherently guided by her Mexican- American heritage, expands into capturing visual narratives inspired by dreams. LAX Pylon creator, Paul Tzanetopoulos contributed that her work “effortlessly composes humanity as one might painstakingly compose a narrative in watercolor”.
Frequently recognized by leading news and art publications, Natalie’s work has been featured in the pages of LA Times, HUFFINGTON POST, SNAPIXEL Magazine, F-STOP, Islamic Arts Magazine, Gulf Today, Kaloopy, Dotphotozine, Latinos Behind the Lens to name a few. She has also garnered acknowledgment from the international competitive forum from such leaders as the International Photography Awards and Prix de La Photographie. The Sharjah Art Foundation has recently awarded Natalie twice for her contributing work that closely focuses on the exploration of the Emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
To date, Natalie’s work has been featured in over thirty collective exhibitions in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, and has been represented by leading galleries and institutions including, Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture, Museum of Latin American Art, Month of photography Los Angles (MOPLA), Bergamot Station, Art house Tacheles (Germany), Forest Lawn Museum, 29 Palms Gallery, SLIDELUCK LA, SMASHBOX STUDIOS, Pico House Gallery (LA), Gallery 825/ Los Angeles Art Association. She is also a returning guest lecturer at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Through her association with SANDBOX STUDIOS, Natalie has also styled for multiple international fashion houses such as Joie, Tsubo, Kipling, Kenneth Cole New York and V ANS.
This year, Mayor Garcetti proclaimed Natalie for her long dedication and solid commitment in bringing Arts Education to the inner-city districts of Los Angeles.