Vivek Muthuramalingam is an independent documentary photographer based out of Bangalore, India. His practice is often multi-disciplinary and involves writing, video and multimedia.
In his documentary work Vivek seeks for ideas that can serve humanitarian purposes. He strives to dedicate his abilities for projects that can illustrate and inform socially relevant, ecologically urgent and culturally important themes that can perhaps help serve a greater cause of change and sustenance. He is partial to ideas that coax a narrative and inform a deeper connection with the subject.
He studied fine-art at the Ken School of Art, Bangalore and completed his studies in medicine at Kolar, Karnataka. He worked briefly as a junior surgical resident in the Department of Urology at the Manipal Hospital in Bangalore before he turned to photography.
Vivek’s photographs have appeared in print and in the digital realm of some of these organisations: Gulf News (Friday supplement), The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Guardian, Motherland Magazine, TimeOut Explorer, Outlook, Perfect Places, Down to Earth, Tehelka, Domus India, National Geographic Traveller India, Huffington Post India and The Indian Express. He has also contributed to publications and printed reports for The WHO and Greenpeace.
He worked as a staff photographer with the TimeOut Bengaluru magazine from 2009 to 2011.
WORKSHOPS • RESIDENCIES
Emerging Photographers Workshop, Angkor, Cambodia (Mentors: Antoine D’Agata/ Renée Byer), Oct 2007
Urban Changes, Goethe Institut, Mumbai (Andrea Kuenzig), Jul-Oct 2007
Art, Space and the City, Goethe Institut, Bangalore, 2008
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Manali (Ami Vitale), 2009
Another World, Goethe Institute, Bangalore (Heidi Specker) Jan 2011
GOA Centre of Alternative Photography, Mar-Apr 2013 Residency
Unbox Labs - 'Live Memory Project' & '3x4 Exploring Metaspaces' Ahmedabad, Mar-Apr 2014
Undivided Mind, KHOJ Delhi, Mar-Apr 2016
EXHIBITIONS • FESTIVALS
Venice International Photo Festival, Nov 2007 (Winners’ showcase)
Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia, Nov 2007 (Projection)
Urban Spaces, Mumbai, 2008 (Gallery Cymroza)
Art, Space and the City, Bangalore, 2008 (Max Mueller Bhavan)
Contemporary India, Ohio, USA, Oct-Nov 2009 (Bowling Green State University)
Asian Street Photographers Showcase, Cambodia, Oct 2011
6°, Unbox Festival, New Delhi, Feb 2012
Format Festival, Derby UK, Mar 2013
'Meet you there' Solo show, MOD Arts Program, Bengaluru, Oct 2014