Gireesh GV is a documentary photographer artist who lives and works in New Delhi. Born in 1970 Gireesh studied painting from the College of Fine Arts in Thiruvananthapuram, his hometown. He further pursued a Masters in Fine Arts at the SN School of Fine Arts and Performing arts, Central University of Hyderabad. He specialized in painting, Gireesh chose to turn his attention to photography and began his career as a news and features photographer. After having moved to Delhi and then later to Bangalore for a while, he worked with some of the leading publications like Outlook, India Today, Forbes, Time, The Wall Street Journal Mint and Life Positive in various capacities. He also undertook several freelance assignments once he relocated himself in Bangalore that took away from photojournalism and perched him with some demanding work for a few coffee table books like Microsoft’s ‘10 years of MSIDC and another on the place where Gautama Buddha realized enlightenment titled “Awakenings in BodhGaya’. He has also participated in several group shows.
As a photographer artist Gireesh has always been intrigued by the human condition, particularly in the urban detritus. His works captures images of remote no decrepit places and insignificant people. While capturing the uncertain state of their existence and their indomitable spirit, his works are notable for their evocative and often saturated use of colour. His quest for the complexities of humanity is accompanied by his lenseye. He has also participated in several group shows.
Coffee Table Book projects: On Chikkamagallur district in Karnataka for a Coffee table book in collaboration with Outlook publishing, Jajpur in Orissa in collaboration with Orissa Government,
2016 to 2018 ‘The India Drive 1,2 & 3’ a Coffee table book series on CSR initiatives by corporates in India and published by Outlook Publishers.
Documentation Book Projects: 2012-18: for KNMA Coffee Table Books on their exhibition projects
2014: Book titled “1969-2014” the works of artist Nalini Malini , published by KNMA
Short Films and Documentary works: 2014: Documentation for a book and an audio visual movie on Vivan Sundaram’s installation show ( 409 Ramkinkar Baij ) from the show at IGNCA, New Delhi
“HER FROZEN PAGES” (2009). Story, Direction and Cinematography a short film about a woman who recovered from mental depressions
“THE MISSING COLOURS”. (2009) Associated Cinematographer for a short film about Transgenders in English and Tamil Directed by Prashant.
“IDENTITY” (2008) based on a story of a citytaxi’s diary in Bangalore city Produced by Touchriver films, Hyderabad Directed by Rajesh .
“CHANGING MINDS“ (2012) Cinematography for a documentary on AIDS awareness, funded byRed Cross, New Delhi.
Cinematography for a documentary on Street Children, funded byChethna, New Delhi. ,( 2012)
Cinematography for a documentary on tribal community in Andra Pradesh, Produced by CRC Hyderabad,( 2012)
Other Participations group shows & collaborations
2019: “ CONCEPT TWENTY TWENTY” group show at Durbar hall Art Gallery, Kerala.
2019: “ BETWEEN THE LINES” group show at GALLERY 27, Fort Kochi, Kerala
2019: Group show at Gallery ‘G’ Bangalore
2018: A mutimedia video display along with Vivan Sundaram’s retrospective at KNMA, New Delhi. Photography documentation on instatllations and preparations of “409 Ram Kinker baij “ is an audio visual by Vivan Sundaram at IGNCA.
2017: ‘TOTAL DISMAY’ Gegorio Escalante gallery, Los Angeles
2017: “ EVERYBODY IS THE OTHER, NO ONE IS HIMSELF” curated show by Manoj Nair at GALLERY 27, Fort Kochi, Kerala
2016: “TERRAOPTICS” work with Vivan Sundaram, showcased during 3rd Kochi–Muziris Biennale 2016, a Collatoral programme at Gallery SUTRA by Photoink, Fort Kochi
2015: “IN BOX” group show curated by Martin at Gallery Shrishti, Hyderabad
2015: “CLIPBOARD” curated group show at Durbar Hall, Kochi
2014: Group show at Open Palm Court Gallery, IHC, New Delhi.
2013: “THEKKAN KATTU” curated group show by Johny ML at Birla Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
2013: Group show ” EMERGING SUBMERGING ” Curated photography show by Johny ML at Art Konsolt, New Delhi
2013: ‘WOMEN IN RELIGIOUS RITUALS’ at Art Konsolt gallery, New Delhi.
2012 & 2013: ‘Small is Big” titled group show, Darbar hall, Kochi, Kerala
2012: AIFACS group show, New Delhi
2012: ‘STILLLIFE’ group travelling show, Tasveer Arts Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkotta, New Delhi
2012: United Art Fair India, Pragathi Maithan, New Delhi
2012: Group show at Gallery ‘G’ Bangalore
2010: Six members group show on “26/11” at ALTBL Art Collective, Bangalore.
2010: Group show titled “ Who has seen Gandhi?Curated by Rahul Battacharya at Gallery Tangerine art space in Bangalore.
2010: Two men show “ Tamed by culture Resisted by images” in OED art gallery, Kochi, Kerala.
2009: Five members group show in Travancore Gallery in New Delhi.
2006: Participated in fund raising group show by Smt. Maneka Gandhi in New Delhi
2005 to 2012: Annual show by Photojournalist’s association of Bangalore
2003: Participated in a group photography show in Habitat Center BY PHOTOINK gallery, New Delhi.
1996: Solo Show, Durbar Hall, Lalita Kala Academy, Ernakulam, Kerala
1996: Solo Show, in Sopanam Art gallery, Kollam, Kerala
1995: Participated in “ART95” New York
1995: Bangalore Kala Mela by Madras Regional Centre, Bangalore.
1995: At Mahae by Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy
1994: 2nd Biennale of drawing s titled ‘SOLIDS’ at Chandigarh.
1993,94,95, 2008: At Contemporary Art Gallery, Cochin by Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy
1993: Two men show in Alliance Franchisee in Trivandrum
1992: Group show in Trivandrum Museum Gallery
1992: Regional Art Exhibition, Madras
1990-91: At Museum grounds, Trivandrum
1991: At V J T Hall Trivandrum
1990: At College of Fine Arts Gallery, Trivandrum
work in Collections:
In KTDC Kerala Tourism, Indira Gandhi Memorial Library, Hyderabad Central University,
Work in Private collections in Switzerland, Australia, Tokyo, New York, Bangalore, New Delhi and Kerala
Since 2008 freelance artist- and contributing photographer to Forbes India, Mint, Hindustan Times, Associated Press, INC India, Business World, Business Standard, Indian Express, Outlook Business, and few more . Worked as cameraman for several documentaries for CRC Hyderabad, as cinematographer for three short films in 2008-2011. Working with indepentant documentary project on Musahars of Bihar.
2014-2019: Consultant photoeditor with Outlook group Special Projects.
2004 – 2008: Senior Photographer, India Today News Magazine
1999 – 2004: Photographer for Outlook News Magazine , on assignments for Outlook Traveller, Outlook Money and other group publications.
1997 – 1999: Photographer for Life Positive New Age Magazine, New Delhi
1996: Lecturer in Fine Arts, Department of Architecture, TKM Collegeof Engineering, Kollam, Kerala.
1993-1995: Master of Fine Arts (Painting), SN School of Fine Arts and Performing arts, Central University of Hyderabad.
1989-1993: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), College of Fine Arts, University of Kerala.
2018: “Drops of Happiness” Documentary on CSR initiatives by Coca Cola India.
2016: Collaborative photography work with artist Vivan Sundaram on his latest works titled “Terraoptics”
2012: Cinematography for a documentary on Street Children, funded byChethna, New Delhi.
2012: Cinematography for a documentary on tribal community in Andra Pradesh, CRC, Hyderabad.
2008: photo essay based on a woman oracle in Kerala.
2002-03: A feature on Bangladeshi immigrants in New Delhi. This project was carried in collaboration with World Press Photo organization.
2019: As Principal photographer for a coffee table book “ Beyond Barriers” on polio immunization work by Core India group in Northern India.
2018: As Principal photographer for a coffee table book on “Jajpur” a district in Odissa, India
2017: Photography , photo editing, design consultant for a Coffee Table book “ Chikkamagaluru- A Paradise Discovered” on Chikkamagalur District, published by Outlook.
2016 to 2019: Principal photographer and Photo Editor for the coffee table book series on “CSR projects in India by Outlook Group, titled “ The India Drive 1,2 &3” (series)
2015: Photography for KNMA on a book on artist Nalini Malani, published by KNMA, New Delhi
2010: a coffee table book project- on Bodhgaya –“ Awakenings in Bodhgaya”
2008: Coffee table book for Microsoft India“ 10 years of MSIDC in India”
2008: Consultant photo editor and photographer with Stark publishing company for their coffee table books division
Achievements: 2012-14: Senior fellowship from Ministry of Culture for practicing artists.
2009-10: Third ranking in Black & White online rating at http://photojournale.bladepicturecompany.com/
1997: awarded Junior fellowship for artists from ministry of Human Resource, New Delhi.
Works : https://gireeshgv.in/
Published sheets: https://gireeshgv.in/published/
On going documentary projects:
1, Documentary on Women oracles of North Kerala,
2, Docu-fiction on life of a folk performer (Kannan Peruvannan).
3, Cinematographer for a documentary on the life and work of Padmashri Sudha Varghese in Dhanapur, Bihar
About my Photoblog:
On April 2008 after my assignment with India Today I started this photoblog to showcase my stories from my travel. I love wandering around with my camera and a sketch book. The images of people that I shoot and creating images for this photoblog has always been a challenge.
All photographs found on this site are copyrighted to Gireesh GV Unauthorized use and/or duplication of photographs without express and written permission from Gireesh GV is strictly prohibited.