Anup was born in Kenya, East Africa. A favourite activity while growing up there was visiting the national parks where he spent many hours watching wild animals roaming in their natural environment. This experience became the foundation for a career in wildlife photography.
After higher education in England and three non-photographic university degrees, he returned to Kenya and developed his interest in wildlife photography.
Publications – Magazines
He received the National Geographic call that most photographers dream of for his first assignment for the magazine in 2001. This was followed by seven more assignments and having nearly 100 features spread over every major magazine in the world.
By now Anup had got fascinated by fine art photography and wondered if he could hit the sweet spot between documentary photography and fine art photography.
This journey began with publication of three photography driven books (The Circle of Life, African Odyssey and Serengeti Spy) for the New York art publisher, Abrams.
This was followed by Tales from Gombe, (published by The Natural History Museum), a photographic study of wild chimpanzees with his wife, Fiona Rogers.
His latest project published in book form, The Mara, published also by The Natural History Museum (London), is an attempt to have the viewer feel what is it like to be intimate with wild animals and thereby feel a primeval connection. This distinctive style of photography is characterized by an unusual perspective that serves to impart immediacy, intimacy, involvement, and inclusion. The viewer might as well be immersed in the private space of a wild animal, mentally, emotionally, and intellectually, breathing the special air of the wild.
Anup was featured in The World’s Top Wildlife Photographers book (Rotovision 2004) and in Horzu magazine (February 2010) as one of the five best wildlife photographers in the world. He is also one of the 10 ‘Masters’ featured in the book Masters of Nature Photography (Natural History Museum September 2013).
Numerous prizes in the past.
The Monochrome Prize, Photo X 2017
Monovisions Grand Prize (series) 2017
In the past, Anup has exhibited (solo) at venues such as Visa Pour L’Image and (group) The Natural History Museum, London. More recent exhibitions are:
- Solo. Serendipity Art festival (Goa, India) December 2017
- Group. The Fence (Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Denver, Durham, Houston, Santa Fe) June-December 2017
- Group. New Artist Fair (The Old Truman Brewery, London) September 2017
- Group. Art Gemini PhotoX (The Green Rooms, London) June-July 2017
- Solo. Konica-Minolta Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), October-November 2016
- 2-Person. Umbria World Festival (Foligno, Italy) October 2016
THE PRINT ROOM Beetles+Huxley Gallery, London
RISEART Rise Art Limited, London Website: https://www.riseart.com/artist/anup-shah
UPEPO PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY, Nairobi
Anup now lives in United Kingdom.