Vasantha Yogananthan

Photographer invited to the Planche (s) Contact festival in 2017

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


Born in 1985, Vasantha Yogananthan is a self-taught photographer and editor, of Franco-Tamil origin, who lives and works in Paris. In 2014, Vasantha Yogananthan co-founded the publishing house Chose Commune and published Piémanson, the fruit of long-term work carried out between 2010 and 2013 rewarded by the Bourse du Talent Paysage. This work, hailed by critics, was nominated for the Nadar Prize 2014 and the Author's Book Prize at the Rencontres d'Arles 2015. 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 major project centered around the publication of 7 books (2013-2019), it 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 photographer who likes to blur the lines between reality and fiction. While he seizes subjects with a strong social dimension, his images remain at a distance from traditional documentaries.
In Deauville, Vasantha Yogananthan goes to meet the families who live on the beach for a summer, in the seaside cabins. He has produced a series of portraits in the bedroom, focusing on long time and 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 about her exhibition Periphery
"With family, friends, group, they come to Deauville to spend a day at the beach. In this space-time outside of everyday life which releases all seaside energy. Blue only for horizon, the look of the other does not matter. If it is in vain for the spectator to predict the variable sky of the edges of the Channel; he can see in the eyes those who see the sea for the first time. The border of the ring road was swept away by the tide. It was time."



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