Vasantha Yogananthan

Photographer

Série Piémanson
Série Piémanson

Guest of the Planche(s) Contact Festival in 2017

Vasantha Yogananthan, 32-year-old self-taught photographer, belongs to a young generation of photographers that love blurring the lines between reality and fiction. Though capturing subjects with a strong social dimension, his images have nothing to do with traditional documentaries.
In Deauville, Vasantha Yogananthan encounters people experiencing the beach for one day, renting sea cabins. He makes a series of portraits with a large-format camera, giving priority to long-term exposure and scenery. His use of colours – almost neutral pastel colours - provides unexpected gentleness to subjects with a remarkable social or symbolic value.
Born in 1985, Vasantha Yogananthan is a photographer and self-taught publisher of Franco-Tamil origin, living and working in Paris. In 2014, Vasantha Yogananthan cofounded a publishing house called Chose Commune and published Piémanson, the result of a long-term work made between 2010 and 2013, awarded with the Bourse du Talent Paysage. This work, appreciated by the critics, was nominated for the Prix Nadar 2014 and the Prix du livre d’auteur of the Rencontres d’Arles 2015. In 2015, Vasantha Yogananthan was the laureate of the IdeasTap/Magnum Photos Award for his project titled A Myth of Two Souls about the Ramayana in India. Through this major project that led to the publication of 7 works (2013-2019), he crossed documentary photography and ventured to fiction. Vasantha Yogananthan received the Prix Levallois (2016) and the ICP Infinity Award Emerging Photographer of the Year (2017).