Untitled, from the series Where They Belong, (2013–2017)
Inkjet Print, Printed in 2017, Edition 1/7 + 2 Artist Proofs, 19 ⅜ x 29 inches, signed in ink on front
Courtesy of the artist
Vinit Gupta was born in 1980 in Haryana, India, and now lives and works in New Delhi. A self taught photographer, Gupta has a master’s degree in economics and initially worked in economic research, making the shift to photography after moving to Mumbai in 2008. His works address transformation, marginality, and the play between mythology and the social in the context of human rights, identity, environment, violence, and visual culture. His principle medium is portraiture, although his work also encompasses personal narratives and found photographs.
Gupta’s project Where They Belong: Portrait from Mahan Forest was exhibited at United Art Fair, New Delhi in 2013. Images from this series were included in the Delhi Photo Festival 2015. The aim of the project is to create a better understanding of forest communities, their lives, and their histories. He is a recipient of the Neel Dongre Photography Award/Fellowship (2013–14 and 2014–15) supported by the India Photo Archive Foundation for his work on the growing culture of weekend escape in urban India and for Seasonal Musicians, his work on those who perform at weddings and other rituals. In 2017 he completed a second master’s degree, this time in anthropology. Currently he teaches at the Indian Institute of Photography, Noida, Delhi.