At home with Elu. Oxfordshire, 2018.
Vikram Kushwah is an India born photography artist based in England. Shortlisted by the National Portrait Gallery London for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2019, and Portrait of Britain 2018 and 2019 winner (by the British Journal of Photography), he was born in New Delhi. He spent his formative years in boarding school in the hills of northern India.
Vikram moved to London in 2008 for a PG diploma in photography at the London College of Communication before completing an MA in Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester in 2010. He has since been practicing in the UK and India between fashion, art, and portrait photography.
By telling others’ stories through portrait and art photography, Vikram Kushwah informs himself of himself. He is primarily interested in a connection with other human beings, in their joys and sufferings, in what connects all of us and makes us part of the whole - in simply being. The stories are all subtle tellings of the human experience. Some are born out of chance encounters and some from family and the immediate community. He tells these stories without opinion or judgement - the practice of shedding of the ego. There is no identification with good or evil, better or worse, shoulds or shouldn’ts, pro this or against that, rather there’s an appreciation of things exactly how they are and of how they are just different from each other, each a different human predicament; all as it is. His practice is mostly a meditation in love, which leads him on a path to knowing himself. And the photographs are mementos.