Vasantha Yogananthan

Guest photographer at the Planche(s) Contact festival in 2017

Marie & Shannon, Deauville, 2017, From the series Meriphérie ©Vasantha Yogananthan
Hamadi & Yero, Deauville, 2017 From the series Meriphérie ©Vasantha Yogananthan


Born in 1985, Vasantha Yogananthan is a self-taught photographer and editor, of French-Tamil origin, who lives and works in Paris. In 2014, Vasantha Yogananthan co-founded the publishing house Chose Commune and published Piémanson, the result of a long term work realized between 2010 and 2013 awarded by the Bourse du Talent Paysage. This critically acclaimed work was nominated for the 2014 Nadar Prize and the 2015 Rencontres d'Arles Author's Book Prize. In 2015, Vasantha Yogananthan won the IdeasTap/Magnum Photos Award for his project A Myth of Two Souls on the significance of the Ramayana in India. In this large-scale project centered around the publication of 7 books (2013-2019), he goes beyond the framework of documentary photography to venture into fiction. Vasantha Yogananthan received the Levallois Prize (2016) and an ICP Infinity Award Emerging Photographer of the Year (2017).

Self-taught photographer, Vasantha Yogananthan belongs to this young generation of photographers who like to blur the lines between reality and fiction. While he takes on subjects with a strong social dimension, his images remain at a distance from the traditional documentary.
In Deauville, Vasantha Yogananthan goes to meet the families who live on the beach for a summer, in the cabins of the seaside. He made a series of portraits with a camera, favoring the long time and the staging. His use of color, in almost neutral pastel tones, gives an unexpected softness to subjects whose social or symbolic content is of great strength.

Vasantha Yogananthan on his exhibition Mériphérie:
"In family, with friends, in groups, they come to Deauville to spend a day at the beach. In this time-space outside of the daily routine, which releases a seaside energy. With the blue as the only horizon, it doesn't matter who looks at you. If it is useless for the spectator to predict the variable sky of the edges of the Channel, he can read in the glances of those who see the sea for the first time. The border of the ring road has been swept away by the tide. It was about time."



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