FOAM Talent 2017 winner Vasantha Yogananthan’s (b.1985, France) practice addresses the space between documentary and fiction. Working solely in analogue, his photographic projects are developed over long periods of time and over the years has developed a distinctive colour palette solely based on natural light.
His on-going series A Myth of Two Souls (2013-2019), inspired by the epic tale The Ramayana and draws inspiration from common imagery associated with this myth and its pervasiveness in everyday Indian life. Yogananthan offers a modern retelling of a story first recorded in 300 BC, through retracing the legendary route from north to south India and covering 3,500 miles by 2019.
Vasantha Yogananthan has received several awards, including the IdeasTap Magnum Photos Award (2015), The Prix Levallois (2016) and an ICP Infinity Award for Emerging Photographer of the Year (2017). The book form has been central to Yogananthan’s work since the beginning. In 2014, he co-founded the publishing house Chose Commune. A Myth of Two Souls is set to be published as 7 books between 2016 and 2020.
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