Mahesh Bhat (b. 1967) is a Bangalore-based photographer, filmmaker, independent publisher, and educator. He has been photographing the life and times of India since the early 1990s, and has been commissioned by publications as varied as New York Times and Newsweek of Japan – from more than 30 countries around the world. Among his corporate clients are Accenture, BREN Group, Brigade Group, Bosch, Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore, HP, McKinsey, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Mindtree, and Project Management Institute.
Bhat has published three photo books: UNSUNG (2007), Bengaluru / Bangalore – In First Person Singular (2012), and UNSUNG – Extraordinary Lives (2017). In addition to contributing to several other books, he has to his credit, Karnataka, Gangarams Publications (1997).
UNSUNG is a project begun by Bhat in 2004, which is about people who have made extraordinary contributions to society, against personal odds. It first was published in 2007 and has helped to raise over Rs. 9 million for the causes of the heroes featured in the book, which has sold more than 6000 copies.
Bhat curated Celebrating the Extraordinary Grandeur of Smallness, an exhibition in the Serendipity Arts Festival, 2017, Goa. He was a member of the founding team of The One School Goa, and co-designed the first three-year program in photography in India. Bhat teaches at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bengaluru. He is one of very few photographers in India with over 30 years of professional experience and several years of experience as a teacher of photography. He has also made documentaries, corporate films, and music videos.
Bhat was an attendee of the SPE / MNF Photo Education Symposium, 5-7.Jan.2020, in New Delhi. This bio was provided by the artist. A more comprehensive profile will be forthcoming.
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Presentation at SPE / MNF Photo Education Event, 5-7.Jan.2020, New Delhi.
TEDx Talk, KIIT University, 07.Sep.2017
Unsung - Extraordinary Lives, 22.Sep.2016
Bhat's project, UNSUNG, which began in 2004, is about people who have made extraordinary contributions to society against personal odds. It was first published in 2007 and has helped to raise more than Rs. 9 million for the causes of the heroes featured in the book. More than 6000 copies have been sold.