Vasantha Yogananthan

Born in 1985, Vasantha Yogananthan lives and works in Paris. His photographic practice addresses the space between documentary and fiction.

His projects are developed over long periods of time. Also, Yogananthan only works analogue. He works with both wide-format and medium-format cameras. Besides the aesthetic, he is deeply attached to film photography for its slow – almost philosophical – process.

Over the years, Vasantha Yogananthan has developed a distinctive colour palette. It is based on natural light. His interest in painting is in the nature of portrait, landscape and still life. In his project A Myth of Two Souls (2013-2019), he has been working with a local Indian artist. The aim of this collaboration is to revive the tradition of hand-painting. Furthermore, the more his practice grows, the more he perceives photography as a malleable material open to interpretations.

The book has been central to his work since the beginning. In 2014, Vasantha Yogananthan co-founded the publishing house Chose Commune. He then published his first book, Piemanson. In his books, he interweaves staged photography with scenes from everyday life. Thus exploring different forms of photographic storytelling. His project A Myth of Two Souls will be published in seven books.

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