Ram Shergill – Kaleidoscope
Industry Manor 3rd Floor
Mumbai 400 025
August 12th – 25th
Since childhood Ram Shergill was destined to be a photographer “My passion for photography first emerged when I was about six years old, my brother bought a camera, and he was playing with filters etc, and I got quite jealous. I ended up secretly using it, and then as I got older, the passion became much stronger. Whilst at college studying mathematics, I used to read tons of photography books, it got to a point where one day, one of my lecturers suggested I take up studying photography, which I eventually did, and just kept going from there.”
Ram has developed a distinctive style over the years, a style which weaves youth, playfulness and a larger than life aesthetic, that brings the personality of his subjects to the forefront. Ram captures an abstract beauty, from the most grand to the most obscure.
It was thanks to his determination that Ram was propelled into the world fashion photography. After Phillip Treacy, the world famous milliner, refused him permission to photograph some of his collection, Ram called him and simply said “weren’t you grateful when someone gave you a chance?” Phillip eventually conceded and from that moment onwards Ram’s career began to flourish, being nurtured by the likes of Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen.
There’s an edge of avant-garde theatricality to his work, along with distant whispers of the Baroque. Ram takes photographic imagery to new places; it feels like he merges the age old techniques of painting with the very contemporary aspects of styling, a concoction which in turn creates a dreamlike scenario that truly delights the eye.
Ram has worked on some the most memorable editorials, for magazines such as Dazed & Confused, Tatler, Vogue, and Harpers’ Bazaar et al, capturing the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Amy Winehouse and Diane Kruger through his lens. His alluring and seductive talents are currently the subject of an exhibition, organised by Tasveer & Story Ltd in partnership with Vacheron Constantin, taking place at Story Ltd in Mumbai, India. Titled Kaleidoscope, the exhibition is a splendid display of Ram’s vibrant tome.
Ram Shergill is a photographer, who, like any good artist, takes the art historical as a source of eternal inspiration, and coupled with his broad imagination, he brings fantasy to life.
– Ben Mirza for The Untitled Magazine