Anay Mann began his photography career in 2001, with his documentary project ‘Generation in Transition’. It was an exploration of urban Indian youth, grappling with exciting change, unleashed by a neo-liberalized economy. He worked on a conceptual public art project, ‘Equal Dreams’, where he looks at the fundamental right to equality. He used an ordinary chair, as a metaphor for power and photographed people across all strata of society, in various regions of India. His many years of documentation of his wife, showing vignettes of their domestic life together, resulted in project ‘About Neetika’.
Since 2008, he has been working with auto-portraits, using his own body as the site of investigation & staging tableaux’s where performance becomes an integral part of the visual narrative. His work on auto-portraits blurs the distinction between art & life and illusion vs reality.
His work has been shown in various solo & group shows in India, France, Brazil, Poland, Finland, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany & Netherlands.
Anay Mann alternates between working as a photojournalist and an artist. He’s an adjunct faculty at ‘National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad’ and at ‘Pearl Academy of Art & Fashion, Noida’.