Dhruv Malhotra

From After Dark Trilogy – Photograph © Dhruv Malhotra


Dhruv Malhotra (b.1985) grew up in Jaipur. He majored in economics but gave it up to pursue life as a photographer. His works have focused on urban areas, cities at night, and have engaged with issues of progress, modernity, and the otherworldly.


Malhotra’s major work in color, the AFTER DARK TRILOGY: Noida Soliloquy, Sleepers & After Party spans almost a decade (2007-2015). The first chapter, Noida Soliloquy, was exhibited at PHOTOINK, New Delhi, in 2010, and at the FotoFest International 2018 Biennial in Houston, TX, USA. Photographs from his second series, Sleepers, had a solo presentation at the 2010 Brighton Photo Biennial, UK, in the exhibition, New Ways of Looking, curated by Martin Parr. Photographs from Sleepers also were included in the exhibition, The Matter Within, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA, USA (2011), and a 3-person exhibition, entitled Transitions: Urban Landscapes, curated by Deepak Ananth at The British School at Rome, Rome, Italy (2012). Sleepers was exhibited at PHOTOINK in 2013. Malhotra’s works from the first two series were also included in the exhibition, City Dwellers – Contemporary Art from India, at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA (2014), and at Off Festival Bratislava, curated by Zuzana Lapitkova, Bratislava, Slovakia (2014). In 2015, the final chapter of the trilogy, After Party was exhibited at PHOTOINK.


Malhotra’s works reside in the private collection of PIER 24 (San Francisco), the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (New Delhi), and the Collection of Sanjay Parthasarathy and Malini Balakrishnan (Seattle).


This bio was provided by the artist.





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See Also

A Conversation with Dhruv Malhotra by Joerg Colberg, Conscientious, 07.Jul.2010.

Date Published

20 November

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