Vasantha Yogananthan

Born in 1985 - France


Vasantha Yogananthan was born in 1985 and lives and works in Paris, France. He is passionate about human stories and dedicates himself to long-term projects.

When he discovered Piémanson beach, and its occupants in 2009, he started to work on a documentary series that he finished in 2013. “Piémanson” has been exhibited at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris, 2012), at the Musée Albert-Kahn (Boulogne-Billancourt, 2013), at the Maison de l’Image Documentaire (Sète, 2014).

In November 2012, Vasantha Yogananthan won the Bourse du Talent Landscape In March 2013, he was selected among the finalists of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In March 2014, Vasantha Yogananthan was selected among the 30 photographers of the “Top 30 under Thirty” organized by Magnum Photos.

Vasantha Yogananthan was awarded a contemporary documentary photography grant from the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (French Minister of Arts) in January 2014 and the grant “Brouillon d’un rêve” from the SCAM in July 2014 to help fund a new project in India and Sri-Lanka about the epic, “The Ramayana”.

Along with his work as a photographer, Vasantha Yogananthan has co-founded a small publishing house named Chose Commune. He considers the photo book to be the primary medium for research into original narrative approaches. His first book “Piémanson” has been nominated for MACK First Book Award 2014 and Kassel FotoBook Festival Best Book of the Year 2014.

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Musée Albert-Kahn (Paris, FR)
Magnum Photos Top 30 under 30 (Birmingham, UK)
Maison de l'Image Documentaire (Sète, FR)

Musée Albert-Kahn (Paris, FR)
Maison de la Photographie (Lille, FR)

Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris, FR)
Festival de Photo de Mer (Vannes, FR)


Prix de Photographie de l'Académie des beaux-arts (selected)
Magnum Photos International Award (selected)
Kassel PhotoBook Festival (selected)
Mack First Book Award (selected)
Magnum Photos Top 30 Under 30 (winner)
Scam (winner)
Centre National des Arts Plastiques (winner)

Bibliothèque Départementale des Bouches-du-Rhône (winner)
Voies Off Prize (selected)

World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass (selected)
Bourse du Talent Espace (winner)

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