Nicole Franco is a Mexican-American, documentary and commercial photographer. She studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and is a graduate of the Academy of Art University. She is a native to California but has spent the last 6 six years based out of Central Mexico. Nicole frequents still to Los Angeles for work. Some clients include: Microsoft, San Francisco General Hospital, AVON, El Jimador Tequila, Futerra, The View, ESPN, Driscoll's, The Hospital Infantil Mexico City, Lions Club International, Planet Water, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, People en Español magazine and National Geographic.

She is also an educator and has taught documentary classes for the Lucie Foundation's SNAPSHOP! program- a photography workshop for at-risk youth.

Nicole is an Eddie Adams XXIII alumni and a proud member of Women Photograph. 


Awards & Honors

2019, Hostile Environment Training, Reuters, Mexico City, MX

2019, New York Times Portfolio Review, participant

2018, 10(X) Edition book Mexican Diary published

2017, AI-AP Latin America Fotografía 6, Selected and The Archive, winner

2016, AI-AP Latin America Fotografía 5, Chosen and The Archive, winner

2014, AI-AP Latin America Fotografía 3, Chosen and The Archive, winner

2013, AI-AP Latin America Fotografía 2, Chosen and The Archive, winner

2011, Second Quarter Forward Thinking Museum-JGS Photography Contest, runner-up

2010, Eddie Adams Workshop, Barnstorm XXlll, participant & awarded, People Magazine Assignment 

2010, ASMP & Young Photographers Alliance Mentoring Program, San Francisco Team, participant

2010, Academy of Art University Alumni Awards, Distinguished Service Award 

2010, Lucie Foundation Scholarship, finalist 

2009, International Photography Awards, honorable mention

2008, Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Mexico City, MX, participant

2007, Paris Px3 Photography Competition, honorable mention

2006, Adobe Project Photoshop Lightroom, participant


2017, In/Out Transylvania Photo Festival, Stories from Around the World, Transylvania, Romania, selected artist 

2016, Slideluck San Miguel De Allende, Casa de Europa, San Miguel De Allende, MX, selected artist

2015, Slideluck Mexico III, Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City, MX, selected artist

2014, Women in Photography, SPACE Gallery, Pomona, CA, selected artist

2011, Swords to Plowshares exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

2011, Young Photographers Alliance/ASMP, Answering Adversity, Calumet Gallery, NYC, selected artist 

2010, Academy of Art Spring Show Alumni Awards exhibition, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, alumni awardee

2010, APA Something Personal Exhibition, LEFTSPACE Studio, San Francisco, CA, selected artist

2009, Sandbox Studio NYC Art Auction, Sandbox Studio, NYC, selected artist

2008, Glimpses in Time: International Juried Photography Exhibit, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA, selected artist

2008, A Life Project Exhibition, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA, solo show

2007, Academy of Art Spring Show, San Francisco, CA, selected artist


Artist Lectures/Workshops/Interviews

2017, El Jimador + Thrillist, video series for Dia de Los Muertos, San Francisco, CA, featured artist 

2017, Snapshop! Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, street photography class instructor

2016, EduCare Foundation, Bell High School & Diego Rivera Learning Complex, Los Angeles, CA, guest artist lecture

2014, Open Show #61, 472 Gallery, San Francisco, CA, presenter

2013, Latinos Behind the Lens, online, artist interview

2013, Snapshop! Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, guest artist lecture

2012, Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, CA, portfolio reviewer

2011, Snapshop! Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, program advisor & documentary class instructor