Mouhamed Moustapha
Photographer

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.

Mouhamed Moustapha
Photographer

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.

  • Patrick Weldé: Freiheit
    Publication
    Goswell Road
    International
    On the occasion of our exhibition with Weldé at CFAlive Milan L’AMOUR TOUJOURS, we publish a new edition of the previously sold-out book that we produced with Weldé in 2017, FREIHEIT. All of the photographs in FREIHEIT were taken by Weldé on disposable cameras between 2011-2015. They show a tender side to the artist and his friend circle, and the purest form of trust. (more…)
  • Maria Sturm: You Don’t Look Native to Me
    Publication
    Void
    International
    In 2011, Maria Sturm began to photograph the lives of young people from the Lumbee Tribe around Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina. Through the process of documenting their lives, Sturm began to question her own understanding of what it means to be Native American. Her new book You Don’t Look Native to Me combines photographs with interviews and texts to preconceptions and show Native identity not as fixed, but evolving and redefining itself with each generation. (more…)
  • Georg Kussmann: FRG
    Publication
    MACK
    International
    The German dramatist Heiner Müller observed that German history lies as if smothered by a rheumatism blanket: beneath there is warmth and stagnation, just enough to give the impression all is well, while the peripheries are freezing. Georg Kussmann’s photographs in FRG were created under this metaphoric blanket. Made in the Federal Republic of Germany over a single summer, they depict everyday scenes of life, work, and leisure (more…)