Rajesh Vora (b.1954), a graduate of the National Institute of Design (NID), India, began his career in visual communications and has been photographing for over 25 years, with a strong inclination towards the editorial and documentary tradition of photography. He has been photographing people and areas that deal in change and things that are disappearing from our world. His concern with urban issues, especially those dealing with Mumbai, has led him to collaborate on projects with architects, environmentalists, development groups, and filmmakers.
Vora has a 15-years long, ongoing association as a photographer with COLORS magazine, and has contributed as a researcher / writer on special issues and collaborative projects. Vora has been commissioned to document architectural projects with social relevance in India and Bangladesh for The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Foundation, Geneva in 2001, 2007, 2010, & 2016.
Vora has photo-documented projects for the book The Architecture of I. M. Kadri, 2016; chronicled the story of Saving the Mangroves of Versova for Mumbai Reader, 2010, an UDRI publication. He photographed for the book Allahabad – Where Rivers Meet for Marg Publications, India, 2009. His photos were published in Bombay The Cities Within, 1995 & 2001. He has exhibited in a show titled, Bombay Maximum City at Lille 3000 in France, 2006, and has contributed to Urban India – Understanding the Maximum City, Mumbai, 2007, and Living in the Endless City, 2011, Urban Age projects by London School of Economics.
Vora has collaborated on the documentary film Pressure by Jan Dietvorst & Roy Villevoye from Amsterdam, 2009. He had a solo exhibition, Everyday Baroque, in 2016 at PHOTOINK Gallery, New Delhi, and a group show with Randhir Singh at Pondy Fair, 2016. Everyday Baroque was also shown at Jaipur Photo Festival, 2017. He has also participated in group shows including Middleage Spread: Imaging India 1947-2004, 2004; International Photography Biennale – FOTONOVIEMBRE 2005, Santa Cruz de Tenerife; Another Asia Noorderlict Photo Festival, The Netherlands, 2006; Public Places, Private Spaces, Contemporary Photography and Video Art in India, Newark Museum, USA, 2007-2008; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA, 2008-2009; Contributed to Golden Glimpse – Gujarat, 1960-2010, A Nostalgic Photo Journey.
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The Architecture of I M Kadri, by I M Kadri, with special photographs by Rajesh Vora, Niyogi Books, 2016, ISBN: 9385285300
Bombay: The Cities Within by Sharada Dwivedi, with architectural photos by Rajesh Vora, India Book House, 1995, 2001, ISBN: 10-818502880X
Allahabad: Where the Rivers Meet, edited by Neelum Saran Gour, contributing photographer Rajesh Vora, The Marg Foundation, 2009, ISBN: 10-8185026947
August 03, 2017