PARTICIPANT / Mahesh Shantaram

  • Name Mahesh Shantaram
  • Country India

Mahesh Shantaram is an independent documentary photographer from Bangalore. His main area of interest lies in visual representations of modern India. He celebrates the everyday, the mundane, the leftovers when all the exotic has been consumed or left to dry. Adopting a contemporary style of art-documentary photography, Shantaram pursues self-assigned ideas that explore urbanity and its consequences, with a special focus on the phenomenon that is Bangalore. His keen interest in aspects of society, economics, and technology, where it concerns digital photography, leads him to take the debates forward in those areas through activities such as writing, researching, and mentorship. Consequently, his projects involve the personalisation of public spaces at airports (Airtime) and taking a look at the mess that people leave behind at weddings (Matrimania)

› Agence VU’ #PARIS
› East Wing Gallery #DUBAI
› Tasveer Arts #BANGALORE
2017 › The African Portraits, Exhibit320, #DELHI
2017 › The African Portraits, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, #KOLKATA
2016 › The African Portraits, National Institute of Design, #GANDHINAGAR
2016 › The African Portraits, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, #MUMBAI
2016 › The African Portraits, Tasveer Gallery, #BANGALORE
2017 › The African Portraits, Indian Photo Festival, #HYDERABAD
2016 › The African Portraits, Moving Asia, #KATHMANDU
2015 › Matrimania, Angkor Photo Festival, #CAMBODIA
2015 › Matrimania, Chobi Mela Festival of Photography, #DHAKA
2014 › Matrimania, Addis Foto Festival, #ETHIOPIA
2013 › Matrimania, GetxoPhoto, #SPAIN
2012 › Matrimania, PhotoPhnomPenh, #CAMBODIA
2011 › Matrimania, Photoquai, musée du quai Branly, #PARIS
2011 › Matrimania, ‘Sampling India’, Empty Quarter Gallery, #DUBAI
2011 › Matrimania, World Photography Festival, Somerset House, #LONDON
2011 › This is Not That, Galerie Duboys, #PARIS
2017 › The African Portraits, PDN Photo Annual Awards (Personal Work)
2015 › British Journal of Photography, ‘Ones to Watch’
2013 › That Universal Curiosity, Unseen Photo Fair, AMSTERDAM — Nominee, ‘Unpublished’
2012 › Caerdydd Diary, 5th International Photobook Festival, PARIS — Nominee, Dummy Awards
2011 › Matrimania, 4th International Photobook Festival, KASSEL — Nominee, Dummy Awards
2011 › Sony World Photography Awards — Winner, 3rd place (Arts & Culture)
2017 › Contretype, Centre pour la photographie contemporaine, #BRUSSELS
2016 › ‘The Coriolis Effect: India-Africa Currents’, Khoj International Artists Residency, #DELHI
2011 › 1mile² Project, Visiting Arts UK, #CARDIFF
2017 › The African Portraits: CNN Africa, The Economist, Hindustan Times
2016 › The African Portraits: BBC, Huffington Post, Blouin Artinfo, FirstPost, Mid-Day,, The
2015 › Matrimania, Guide to Unique Photography (GUP) #47
2014 › Architectural Digest India, ’15 artists from the Indian subcontinent who are making waves…’
2013 › Caerdydd Diary, FOAM #34 (DUMMY)
2013 › Matrimania, The Sunday Times Magazine, UK
2013 › ‘Matrimania shows another side to the Indian wedding’, The National, UAE
2013 › Rangefinder magazine, ‘Photographers You Should Know’
2012 › Matrimania, Liberation (France), ‘Inde Un oui en grande pompe’
2012 › Smart Photography (India), ‘Master Craftsman’
2017 › Guest Editorial: The Sunday Times of India, ‘How can we be racist?’
2017 › Photo: Foreign Policy, ‘Out of Africa’
2017 › Photo: WIRED, ‘Bangalore’s Water Crisis is Everyone’s Crisis’
2016 › Web Series: The Wire, ‘African Encounters in India’
2015 › Photo: The New York Times Magazine, ‘Why are Indians so crazy about world records?’
2014 › Photo: The New York Times Magazine, ‘The Slumdog Millionaire Architect’
2014 › Photo: The New York Times Magazine, ‘Masala Dosa to Die For’
2014 › Photo: FT Weekend, ‘India’s New Politics’
2014 › Essay: Tasveer Journal, ‘Picturing Politics

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