Shibu Arakkal is a ‘Lorenzo il Magniﬁco’ Gold Prize winning Indian photo-artist with an artistic career of nearly twenty-five years. Known for his conceptual photographic art and a unique philosophical viewpoint, his works today are a part of various art collections.
His work embraces abstraction, minimalism and Zen philosophy, whilst merging analogue and digital photographic techniques of printmaking in a very unique and unconventional style.
Arakkal coined the term ‘iPhonography’ – the medium of digital photography using the iPhone and the resultant photographs as ‘iPhonographs’.
‘iPhonography’ is the medium of digital photography using the iPhone and the resultant photographs are called ‘iPhonographs’.
In coining the term ‘iPhonography’, I wished to create a completely new genre of photography, where the focus wasn’t on the functional ability or the lack of it with the iPhone camera but to put the onus back on artistic ability, especially whilst using a basic photographic device.
This unconventional treatment of modern technology to revive the romance of print, in its analogue or digital forms, brings a rare visual quality to smartphone photography.
A line of signature Shibu Arakkal works reproduced in various mediums meant for collectors interested in affordable photographic art reproduction.
The Shibu Arakkal line of reproduction caters to individual requests for a smaller number demand in the form of reproduction polaroids to framed and matted artist’s test prints at very affordable price points to suit most people. Also available is a series of limited reproduction photo art prints with a Mumbai based company collaborating with Shibu Arakkal on their online portal www.merchantsofcool.in.