Kalpesh positions his practice at the intersection of art and documentary photography. Inspired by Cartier-Bresson he left a law degree to become a photographer and after graduating he was awarded a year’s traineeship with the Independent newspaper. His focus shifted from news to editorial, commercial assignments, and long-term personal work.
In 2003 he embarked on a project documenting the lives of widows in India for which he received a W.Eugene Smith Fellowship and a Churchill Fellowship. A Lightwork Residency in 2014 enabled him to complete Lost in the Wilderness, a body of work made on the Native American Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This series of quiet, multi-layered images challenges traditional documentary narratives. He is currently collaborating on a new project based in Mumbai, investigating perceived and real memories.
For SIXTEEN Kalpesh worked with members of Widnes Vikings rugby league club. He uses video and stills to capture young members of the scholarship training system, focusing on the intimacy, strength and support that sport engenders – and how it can shape masculinity during teenage years.