Vasantha Yogananthan set out on a freelance career as a photographer in 2014. The same year, he co-founded the publishing house Chose Commune and published his first book, Piémanson, which is nominated for MACK First Book Award 2014 and Kassel PhotoBook Festival Best Book of the Year 2014. In 2015, Yogananthan was made the recipient of the IdeasTap/Magnum Photos Award (category international) for his ongoing project A Myth of Two Souls.
Bookmaking and editing is central to his work and he considers the photobook to be his primary medium for research into original narrative approaches.
A Myth of Two Souls – a 7-book project spanning over 7 years (2013-2019) – is a project that he believes will evolve in directions he can't yet foresee. Moving away from the documentary genre that describes the early stages of the project, he has spent the last year working with a local artist to reviving the tradition of hand-painting. In 2016, he has started another collaboration with two artists specialising in the tradition of Madhubani paintings.
The more his practice grows, the more he 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. His use of natural light and his color palette is influenced by Impressionism.
Visit the dedicated website of A Myth of Two Souls HERE