A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'THE PROMISE' (hand-painted)

Born in 1985, Vasantha Yogananthan lives and works in Paris. His photographic practice addresses the space between documentary and fiction. 
Passionate about film photography for its slow – almost philosophical – process, his interest in painting has led him to work around the genres of portrait, landscape and still life.

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'THE PROMISE'  (hand-painted)

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'DANDAKA'

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'DANDAKA'

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'DANDAKA'

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'DANDAKA'

Vasantha perceives photography as a malleable material open to interpretations. Deeply attached to analog photography, he works with both large and medium-format, mostly at dawn and dusk. 
Influenced by Impressionism, he has developed a distinctive colour palette solely based on natural light. 

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'EXILE'

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'EXILE'

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'EXILE'

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'EXILE'

His projects are developed over long periods of time and the book form has been central to his work since the beginning.  In 2014, he co-founded the publishing house Chose Commune and published his first book, "Piémanson", which was nominated for MACK First Book Award and Kassel Best Book of the Year. In his books, he interweaves staged photography with scenes from the everyday life, thus exploring different forms of photographic storytelling. 

PIEMANSON

PIEMANSON

PIEMANSON

PIEMANSON

PIEMANSON

A Myth of Two Souls – a 7-book project spanning over 7 years (2013-2019) – is inspired by the epic tale The Ramayana. Yogananthan’s series is informed by the notion of a journey in time and offers a modern retelling of the tale, juxtaposing several sets of photographs: landscapes, hand-painted staged portraits and illustrated black and white photographs.

PIEMANSON

PIEMANSON

PIEMANSON

PIEMANSON

 In 2015, Vasantha Yogananthan was the recipient of the IdeasTap/Magnum Photos Award to help him fund 'A Myth of Two Souls'.
He was awarded the Prix Levallois in 2016, the ICP Infinity Award as Emerging Photographer of the Year in 2017 and the Camera Clara Photo Prize in 2018.

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS  The Horse from the Sea

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS  An Ocean of Uncertainty

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS  Longing for love

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS  Secret Door

Vasantha's clients include: M Le Magazine du Monde, The New Yorker, Guerlain, LVMH, Google,
Euro Disney...

GUERLAIN, 2018

The exhibition ‘A Myth Of Two Souls’ - running until May 5th at the Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne - has recently been featured on Vogue.it.
The exhibition has also programmed at the Science Museum (London) and FOAM Museum (Amsterdam) in 2017 as well as Galerie Folia (Paris) in 2018.

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'EARLY TIMES'

A MYTH OF TWO SOULS 'EARLY TIMES'

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Patricia McMahon