Tania Franco Klein

Tania Franco-Klein (b.1990) started her photography praxis while studying Architecture in Mexico City, which took her to pursue a Masters in Photography at University of the Arts London. Her practice is highly influenced by her fascination with social behavior and contemporary practices such as leisure, consumption, media overstimulation, eternal youth and the influence of the American dream in the Western world. Her narrative carries an ambiguity which encourages the viewer to apply their own story and interpretation, and hopefully, something about our modern-day dual identities. Franco-Klein’s work has been reviewed by international critique including Aperture Foundation, The British Journal of Photography, Fisheye Magazine, The Best of Photo Vogue (IT), among others. She has exhibited in London, Budapest, New York, Mexico, Photo Basel, Slideluck Editorial in Les Rencontres d’Arles and during the Los Angeles Month of Photography 2017. She recently obtained the Sony World Photography Awards (National Award), Lensculture Exposure Awards, among others.

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 private 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 the neuronal era characterized by neuropsychiatric diseases such as depression, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, 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.

To view more of Tania’s work please visit her website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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