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ABOUT ME 2017-06-05T13:45:59+00:00

CLICK, MY LIFE!

For me, there is a live pulsation or an unsaid emotion behind every seemingly dormant element, an untold story; and character of every color, shade, minuscule bump or depression, waiting to be brought alive. I wish to play a bard and sing the tale through pictures.

While behind the lens, I don’t look for something different. I just try to find graphical equivalents of emotions and phases of life…in lights and shadows, in blacks and whites. I attempt to capture both, the apparent dichotomy of our existence and the presence of shades, colors and layers that we tumble upon in actuality.

Always Searching For The Shot

Born in Lucknow on 16 October, 1983. Educated in Science.

I completed Bachelor of Fine Arts (Applied Arts) with Gold Medal from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. It was during my university days, that I learnt the art of suspending life on a piece of paper. Under the tutelage of (late)Mr. P.C. Little, former Director National Academy of Fine Arts New Delhi Regional Centre, I explored photography and dark room techniques.

After completing BFA, I moved to Noida. I worked as a visualizer at Mind Works Global Media, a multinational media organisation and simultaneously assisted few tenured photographers. I got the opportunity to learn about studio lights, fashion, advertising and product shoot under India’s prominent photographer, Mr. Ashish Chawala. I was also fortunate to receive guidance from Mr. Bandeep Singh, photo head of India Today.

Henceforth, I set out on my own journey…… and the journey has only begun!

  • WORKSHOPS TAKEN
    • Photography Workshop at Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU, Varanasi, 2013.
    • EXPOSURE photography workshop organized by Thapar University, Patiala, 2010.
  • AWARDS
    • IIIrd All India Art Award 2010 for photography, by Art Mall, New Delhi.
    • Technex-08 for photography by IIT, BHU, Varanasi.
    • Kashiyata’08 for photography by IIT, BHU, Varanasi.
    • Annual Award 2007-08 by Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU.
    • Annual Award 2006-07 by Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU.
    • Award in painting on 125th birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand by State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow.
    • Annual Award 2005-06 by Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU.
    • Kuwar Shukdeo Singh Memorial Photography Award 2005.
    • Kashiyata’05 for painting by IIT, BHU, Varanasi.
  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS   
    • “THE LIGHT COMES THRU” a photography exhibition in 2010 at Rafaael’s Art Gallery, New Delhi.
    • “UNLOCKING THE TEXTURED TERRAIN” a photography exhibition in 2007 at State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow.
    • “UNLOCKING THE TEXTURED TERRAIN” a photography exhibition in 2007 at BHU Art Gallery, Varanasi.
    • “PRARAMBH” a photography exhibition in 2006 at State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow.
    • “PARICHAY” a painting exhibition in 2005 at BHU Art Gallery, Varanasi.
    • “MY IMAGINATION-MY INSPIRATION” in 1999 at Lucknow.
  • GROUP EXHIBITIONS        
    • “NIRVANA” at group exhibition in2013 at Kavya Gallery, New delhi.
    • “PEHLI UDAAN” a painting exhibition in 2004 at State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow.
    • “MANUAL” a photography exhibition in 2007 at BHU Art Gallery, Varanasi.
  • PARTICIPATIONS                    
    • IIIrd All India Exhibition of Art, 2010, Art Mall, New Delhi.
    • 8th All India Exhibition of Photography, 2010, AIFACS, New Delhi.
    • IInd All India Exhibition of Art, 2010, Art Mall, New Delhi.
    • 49th National Exhibition of Art 2006, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
    • VIth All India Exhibition of Art Photography 2007-08, State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow.
    • IIInd All India Laxmi Photography Exhibition 2007, Allahabad.
    • Annual Exhibition 2007-08 at Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU, Varanasi.
    • Vth All India Exhibition of Art Photography 2006-07, State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow.
    • Annual Exhibition 2006-07 at Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU, Varanasi.
    • Indian Print Circuit 2006, IIPC, New Delhi, Jodhpur.
    • Indian Print Circuit 2006, IIPC, New Delhi, Ahamdabad.
    • Indian Print Circuit 2006, IIPC, New Delhi, Burhanpur.
    • IInd All India Laxmi Photography Exhibition 2006, Allahabad.
    • Painting Exhibition on 125th birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand by State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow.
    • IVth All India Exhibition of Art Photography 2005-06, State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow
    • Photography Exhibition 2006 by Lucknow Camera Club.
    • Regional Art Exhibition 2005-06 at Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU, Varanasi.
    • Annual Exhibition 2005-06 at Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU, Varanasi.
    • Kuwar Shukdeo Singh Memorial Photography Exhibition in 2005, Lucknow.
    • 25 th Annual Art Exhibition 2004-2005 by State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow.
    • Annual Exhibition 2004-05 at Faculty of Visual Arts, BHU, Varanasi.
    • TULIKA 2005 by IT, BHU, Varanasi.
    • UMEEDEIN 2005, Varanasi.
    • UMEEDEIN 2007, Varanasi.
    • UMEEDEIN 2008, Varanasi.

“Avneesh Kumar is a talented photographer with a great sense of form and balance. His feel of composition seems unerring and he somehow makes an visual-emotional connection with his subjects.My blessings are always with him.”

PETER PLANTEC, Contributing editor/Blogger, STUDIODaily.com; and VFXWorld .com columnist. Host FMX, Stuttgart, Co Chair Mundos Digitales, La Caruna, Spain, Host 5D Conference, Long Beach, California

“Precisely a hundred and two years back the great photographer Edward Steichen wrote ‘If the photographer is desirous of also being an artist his work shall communicate the spirit of a painter.’ If at all true, it could very easily be applied to the works of Avneesh. Basically trained as a painter; with several successful achievements in the field, when he took up photography, he didn’t have to wait for years to achieve success in that direction. Right from the very beginning, whenever he points his camera at something it is only at a perfect picture; nearer to painting than a record of events or things. His each and every composition is a perfect painting in itself; without manipulation. And that is the mantra of his success. No doubt; his work indeed reflects the spirit of a painter. Keeping his yet a tender age in consideration much can be expected from him in his future persuits”

PC LITTLE, Hon. FICS, Former Director,National Academy of Fine Arts New Delhi's Regional Centre, Lucknow and Retd. Head, Commercial Art and Photography, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lucknow University, Lucknow.

“Avneesh has a great sense of form and color. His ability to use colors and forms to create graphic imagery is outstanding.His selective cropping reflects his sensibility and background in visual arts.”

ASHISH CHAWALA, Fashion and Advertising Photographer

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