Vikram Kushwah

Vikram Kushwah

Oxford, England, United Kingdom

About Vikram Kushwah

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, America, Australia, 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 for his Duracell batteries campaign. This year his 'Women in Bathing Suits' series has been shortlisted for the AOP awards.

Vikram lives in his Oxfordshire country home with his wife and a menagerie of pets.

Education

M.A. Photography : University for the Creative Arts, Rochester (2009-2010)

Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate Professional Photography Practice : London College of Communication (2008-09)

Postgraduate Diploma, Professional Photography Practice : Light and Life Academy, Ooty, India (2006-07)

Bachelor of Fashion Design, Fashion and Apparel : National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bangalore, India (2001-05)

Exhibitions

National Portrait Gallery, London (Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019)
Portrait of Britain (British Journal of Photography) 2019
Public exhibition on billboards, UK-wide.
Life Framer annual winners exhibitions. 2019 - 2020
New York, Milan, Tokyo, Arles
Association of Photographers annual Finalists’ exhibition 2019
London, UK
AOP50: Images that Defined the Age 2018
Retrospective exhibition by the Association of Photographers,
featuring fifty iconic images from the past fifty years. London, UK.
Portrait of Britain (British Journal of Photography) 2018
Public exhibition on billboards, UK-wide.
The CALM Photography Movement 2017
Getty Images Gallery, London, UK.
O3 Gallery 2014
Oxford, UK.
Leeds Arts University 2013
Solo Exhibition. Leeds, UK.

Cornwall Contemporary Art Gallery 2013
Cornwall, England.
Curious Duke Gallery 2013
Exhibition. London, UK.
A Glimpse at Photo Vogue by Vogue Italia 2012
10 Corso Como gallery, Milan, Italy.
The National Open Art Competition 2012
Chichister. UK.
Orange County Centre for Contemporary Arts 2011
Los Angeles, USA.
PhotoFusion Gallery 2010
London, UK.
ArtSway Gallery 2010
Hampshire, UK.

Honours and Awards :
Portrait of Britain (British Journal of Photography) 2019
Shortlisted. UK. (Winners not yet announced)
Life Framer (online) 2019
2nd prize. Theme - Youth-hood
Association of Photographers (AOP) Awards 2019
Finalist. UK.
Portrait of Britain 2018
Winner. UK.
Aesthetica Art Prize 2018
Longlisted. UK.
Rise Art Prize 2018
Finalist, UK.

Aesthetica Art Prize 2017
Longlisted. UK.
Aesthetica Art Prize 2016
Longlisted. UK.
Cannes Young Lions’ Awards 2013
Bronze Prize in the Best Photography category. Cannes, France.
Emergent-Fundació Sorigué Award 2013
First Runners-Up, International Art & Photography Awards.
Lleida, Spain.