Shibu Arakkal is an Indian photographic artist.
Creating conceptual artworks from photography, Arakkal’s practice is based on his philosophic and abstract view of life itself, heeding more to the intangible than the tangible.
Having shown in over fifty solo and group exhibitions, in a career of over twenty-five years, he is internationally recognised and was awarded the prestigious ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ Gold Prize in digital art at the Florence Biennale 2013 in Italy.
Arakkal is an experimenter in analogue and digital photographic mediums and is also the creator of the term ‘iPhonography’, the medium of digital photography using the iPhone.
‘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.