Vikram at home with Elu, 2018
Shortlisted by the National Portrait Gallery, London, for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2019 and Portrait of Britain 2018 and 2019 winner, Vikram Kushwah, was born in New Delhi, India. He is a fashion and art photographer based in England. Whether artistic or commercial, his pictures have a dream-like quality, in which the boundaries between fiction and reality are blurred. In addition to being inspired by his own childhood memories, as well as childhood stories such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Vikram’s artistic influences include the photographers Guy Bourdin, Tim Walker and Deborah Turbeville, as well as the work of the Surrealists, the Romantics and the Pre-Raphaelites. Vikram strives to draw viewers into phantasmagorical worlds through his meticulously staged photographs.
In 2008, Vikram arrived in London to undertake a post-graduate diploma in Photography at the London College of Communication, after which, in 2010, he completed his MA in Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, England. He has since been practicing in Britain and India, working for reputed publications such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle and showing his work in galleries in the UK, Europe and the USA. His works form parts of private and corporate collections, spanning Europe, North America, Australia, the Middle-East and Asia. Vogue Italia featured him among their 'New Talents' and selected his work to be exhibited in their Milan exhibition, Best of PhotoVogue in 2012. His work for Grey Singapore won a Cannes Young Lions Award (bronze) in 2013 for Best Photography. His Ofelea and the Flying Balloons photograph was part of the AOP50 : Images That Defined The Age exhibition, which featured 50 of the most iconic images from the past 50 years by AOP members. The exhibition also included the famous black and white portraits of Twiggy and Nelson Mandela. In 2019 his Women in Bathing Suits series was shortlisted for the AOP awards.
Vikram lives in his Oxfordshire country home with his wife and a menagerie of pets.