Mouhamed Moustapha, born in 1982 at Pondicherry, India, is a self-taught photographer. His adept eyes choose to celebrate the unseen feelings hidden in the lives of ordinary people. Hailing from an underprivileged family, Moustapha has been a truck cleaner, a detergent sachet seller, and many more. It is this tough life journey that has guided his photographic vision. Following a documentary style, he captures everyday moments and the people contained in such transient moments in such way that viewers feel as if they themselves are there in that frame and also find that photographic experience relatable to their own life. His signature photographic style is using layers to convey the emotions of his various subjects and the background environment in which they are present, all in a single frame. His favored technique is to shoot in black and white as he feels it adds a stark quality to his photos and also brings depth to the subjects.
Moustapha was a Finalist in the Single Photo category of the Nikon Photo Contest for the year 2015. He won the NAT GEO Moment Award organized by National Geographic India in 2014. He also bagged a photo assignment as a part of that award. He won the South Asia Award in the “Ten Photos to Shake the World” contest organized by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) in 2014. He received an Honorary Mention in the Black & White category in the Artistique Photo Contest and Exhibition organized by Asian Photography a SAP Media in 2014.
He was selected to be part of two workshops organized by the photography collective “Kannadi”: “Art of Seeing” workshop (2013) mentored by John Isaac and Documentary Photography workshop (2014) jointly conducted by Sudharak Olwe (India) and Helena Schaetzle (Germany). He won a scholarship to be part of the Storytelling Workshop (2016) by Walter Astrada, organized by Chennai Photo Biennale. He was invited to make a presentation on his photographic journey in an event organized by the Department of Visual Communication, Madras Christian College, Chennai, and Photography Society of Madras (PSM) in 2015. His photographs have been published in Creative Image magazine (curated by Mr.Raghu Rai), Deep freeze Photozine, APF, 121clicks.com, Puthiya Thalaimurai (Tamizh magazine), among others. His images were part of the Group Exhibition conducted by FRONTON Photo Club, France, in 2014. He is currently working towards his solo exhibition to be held in Pondicherry in 2017.