Dariusz Klemens is a documentary photographer best known for his images of India, where he has been photographing consistently for over two decades.
He is the author of the book Omaggio all’India (‘A Homage to India’. Texts by Rajiv Rajamani, Milano: Electa-Mondadori, Italy, 2003; 2008), and his work has been published in the leading international press, including: The New York Times, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The BBC, Royal Geographical Magazine, Condé Naste Traveller, Grazia, and The New Internationalist, among several others.
Born in Poland, Klemens started making pictures at the age of 12. Subsequently, he studied photography in Austin, Texas; his career formally begun in 1998, when he joined the historic photo agency Gamma Liaison, in New York.
Klemens’ images of India have been used to illustrate nation-wide advertising campaigns in the UK and the USA, as well as prominent travel series, including Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. They are also used as front covers for works by the leading Indian writers Anita Desai, and Aravind Adiga in the USA and in Europe.
Beginning with Sangam, his first solo exhibition, held at the Riverside Studios, London, in 2004, Klemens’ images of India have been exhibited in solo and group shows in the UK as well as throughout Europe. Photographic prints of his work are held in private collections in Europe and the USA, including in: Oxford, London, The Channel Islands, Milan, Rome, and San Diego (California).
In 2008, after growing increasingly dissatisfied with the restrictions that editorial and commercial work imposed on his photography, Klemens resolved to focus exclusively on independent, long-term photographic book projects. In 2010, he began working on a trilogy of photobooks on Indian culture and Hindu philosophy – Chronicles of Maya: A Tale of India is currently being readied for publication. A photobook in panoramic format: India Panoramic – A Panorama of a Land and its People, is also forthcoming. (Further details on both publications will shortly be available here).
“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”