Book lover. Inquisitive mind. Cultural heritage. Gentleness.
Based in Bangalore, India.
Sameer is an independent photographer, surrounded by the nostalgic stories of the people and the roots of his country. He has an affinity for documenting socio-cultural practices in urban and rural India. Sameer is particularly drawn to traditions that are threatening to becoming extinct with the pervasive spread of globalism. He is interested in design, artisanship and in love with the persistence of movies and fine-art photography.
2015 Toto Funds of the Arts, Emerging photographer of the year
2020 bangaloREsidency-Expanded supported by the Goethe Institut at basis e.V. Frankfurt
2019 Forum Art Gallery residency in association with Chennai Photo Biennale, awardee.
2019 Forum art gallery, Chennai; Feb 22 - Mar 24. Chennai photo biennale (solo)
2017 An Lanntair Arts Centre - Stornoway, Scotland; 7th Aug – 29th September. Focus India, 2017-2018 Document shortlist Exhibition (group)
2015 Max Mueller Bhavan / Goethe Institut, Bangalore. November 6-18, (group)
2015 Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. Focus Photography Festival - ‘Call for Entries’ exhibit (group)
2013 1 Shanti Road, Bangalore. ‘Roti Kapda aur Makaan’ - The Essentials of living July, (group)
Your art is…
a celebration of the mundane and forgotten
Name something you love, and why.
Books because reading helps you to train your intuition
Could you eat cheesecake for a whole week?
Analog or Digital?
Where do you go when you want to be with you?
Out into nature. I like going on hikes in the hills. Books also help me achieve this state of mind.
Tell us something about your education
I actually came to photography in a round-about way. I studied to become a lawyer and those were 5 pretty difficult years. Luckily, I got the chance to study photography after I quit my law job. Learning photography came more naturally and I was a lot happier doing that.
A question that moves you right now
What is my responsibility as an artist during such a grim moment in history.
What was the weirdest encounter, the craziest adventure or the most beautiful moment you experienced on a shoot?
When an eagle swooped down and tapped me on the head twice while we were shooting on a roof-top.
What is more important to you: Form or content?
What part of the human face is your favorite?
Where does your inspiration live?
What would you do if you weren't afraid?
Live a nomadic life