Mystery Street – Vasantha Yogananthan
Date of publication: May 4th 2023
In his first North-American series, French photographer Vasantha Yogananthan stands next to the youth and gazes at their level.
Yogananthan makes a return to documentary photography, yet frees himself from prescriptions and pushes beyond the frame of tradition. Mystery Street works both as a conversation with the real and an escape into multiple narrative possibilities. If this body of work is mainly composed of portraits, Yogananthan’s preferred genre, it is not intended as a comprehensive portrait of New Orleans. Set under the burning sun of Louisiana, this body of work is a fable, it says something about reality, but uses crossroads. It is a comment on human behaviors and yet a transfiguration of the common.
This body of work will be shown at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation (Paris) from May 5th to September 3rd and at the International Center of Photography (New York City) from September 2023 to January 2024. It received the support of the Hermès Foundation and their Immersion program.
Photographs: Vasantha Yogananthan
Texts: Taous R. Dahmani & Vasantha Yogananthan,
Clément Chéroux & Agnès Sire
164 pages / 75 photographs
26,5 x 29,5 cm
French / English
Co-publication Chose Commune / Fondation Hermès