Vasantha Yogananthan was born in 1985 and lives and works in Paris, France. He is passionate about human stories and dedicates himself to long-term projects.
When he discovered Piemanson beach, and its occupants in 2009, he started to work on a documentary series that he finished in 2013. The series “Piemanson” is the result of these moments shared with the inhabitants of France’s last wild beach. “Piemanson” has been exhibited at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Paris, 2012), at the Albert- Kahn Museum (Boulogne-Billancourt, 2013), at the Maison de l’Image Documentaire (Sete, 2014), at the Photography Show (Birmingham, 2014). “Piemanson” has been published in Geo Travel (France, 2012), Le Monde (France, 2013), Nido (Germany, 2014), Marie-Claire Korea (2014).
In November 2012, Vasantha Yogananthan won the Bourse du Talent Landscape Picto – Photographie.com. In March 2014, Piemanson’s dummy was selected among the 12 finalists of MACK First Book Award (UK). The same month, Vasantha Yogananthan was selected among the 30 photographers of the “Top 30 under Thirty” organized by Magnum Photos.
In January 2014, Vasantha Yogananthan received a contemporary documentary photography grant from the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (French Minister of Arts) to help fund a new project in India and Sri-Lanka about the epic, “The Ramayana”.
Along with his work as a photographer, Vasantha Yogananthan has co-founded a small publishing house named Chose Commune. He considers the photo book to be the primary medium for research into original narrative approaches. Piemanson book has been released in June 2014.