Kalpesh Lathigra's work occupies the space between documentary and art practice.
Born in London, England in 1971 and studied photography at the London College of Printing.
After leaving the course in 1994, he was awarded The Independent Newspaper Photographer Traineeship. Kalpesh worked for The Independent as a staff photographer for one year before freelancing for the national newspapers in the UK for 6 years covering news and features. In 2000 , he gave up working for newspapers and made the decision to work on long term projects and magazine and commercial assignments. In the same year he was awarded a 1st Arts prize in the World Press Photo.
In 2003, he embarked on a project documenting the lives of Widows in India, receiving The W.Eugene Smith Fellowship and Churchill Fellowship.
It was during this time he moved away from photojournalism.
His first book “ Lost in the Wilderness” , a body of photographs on the Oglala Sioux and Pine Ridge Reservation was published in 2015. Noted by Sean O Hagan - The Guardian critic as one of the photo books of the year. Lost in the Wilderness explores the weight of colonialism on a community and the shared experiences of the artist's background.
Memoire Temporelle was published in Spring 2022 reflects on real and perceived memories based in Bombay, using his South Asian lineage as a foundation for the work. It explores the ideas of nostalgia, the insider/outsider view and melancholic longing for the notion of home. The work was made in collaboration with Emmanuelle Peri who edited the photographs and sequenced the subsequent book. The collaboration allowed for both engagement and disengagement. Peri had full control after the photographs had been made and advised on research from her background in Art History and Museology. The work contains three pieces of writing from Lathigra and three from Rabrindranath Tagore.
Kalpesh has been a visiting Lecturer at Syracuse University ( USA) and London College of Communication , London and numerous academic institutions across the United Kingdom.
Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism – London College of Communication
2014 : Brighton Photo Biennial Commission “A Return to Elsewhere”
2014 : Lightwork Residency, Syracuse 2014
2010 : Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize
2009 : PhotoEspana Descrumbientos
2007 : PhotoEspana Descrumbientos
2005 : Winston Churchill Fellowship - Brides of Krishna
2004 : W.Eugene Smith Fellowship - Brides of Krishna
2000 : 1st Prize Arts and Entertainment, World Press Photo
2022 Memoire Temporelle – Solo show – Have A Butchers Gallery / London
2022 Bridging Landscapes – Group Show - French Riveria Gallery / London
2021/2022 Becontree – Solo Show - Royal Institute of British Architects
2019 Nationwide UK (Various location ) – Sixteen Project
2016 Webber Gallery – Lost in the Wilderness
2016 BituFest - Lecce, Italy - Lost in the Wilderness
2014 Brighton Photo Biennial / Main Commission - A Return to Elsewhere
2014 Johannsburg Photo Umbrella – A Return to Elsewhere
2013 Renaissance Prize
2012 Terra Cognita / Noorderlicht
2010 Taylor Wessing Portrait/ NPG London
2010 Warzone/ Noorderlicht
2010 Sifest/ Italy
2009 Descrumbientos PhotoEspana
2006 Another Asia - Noorderlicht Photofestival
Memoire Temporelle - 2022
Lost in the Wilderness - 2015
Vidva – 2007
Lightwork Syracuse 2014
London College of Communication
Canterbury Christ Church University
University West of England
Brighton Photo Biennale
Photo Market Workshop Johannesburg