Mahesh Shantaram (b. 1977, Bangalore) is an independent documentary photographer who wears at least two hats. On the one hand, he is a photographer of urban reality rooted in the here-and-now. While that takes its time to pay off, he is also a wedding photographer.
Prior to taking up a full-time career in photography, Mahesh was last seen in Washington, D.C. slaving away in one of those jobs. Seven long years in the tech/media industry worked up quite an appetite for issues at the forefront of the photographic arts today. Today, he is an active advocate of digital photography and technology.
Mahesh earned his diploma in photography avec mention from the Spéos Institute, Paris and there's been no looking back ever since.
• In March 2008, Mahesh was one of 83 artists featured in Click!, a seminal exhibition on Indian contemporary photography produced by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. The show ran simultaneously in London.
• In November 2007, he was invited to attend the Asia-Europe Forum for Young Photographers in Ireland. At the Forum, he was elected project manager for the year-long art project involving 20 artists from the two continents.
• In July 2007, he was part of the Goethe-Institut Mumbai's artists' workshop, Urban Changes. The resulting work has toured Pune, Delhi, Karachi, Bangalore, [and scheduled for] Chennai, Colombo, and Kolkota.
• In 2006, he assisted Hamburg-based photojournalist Stephan Elleringmann (World Press Photo 1999) on a 10,000 km roadtrip along the Golden Quadrilateral.