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Who am I?

 

 

The art of photography is my self-expression. It is about what I think rather than what I see. The interrelationship between the image and its expression is the reconstruction of my thinking. The dynamics of universal expression in an image is what fascinates me most in personal communication.

 

Today, I am a permanent resident of Liverpool in Britain and was born in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Having completed my school education, I studied drama and performing arts at the state drama school, whereupon I also became a professional actor, later studied photography at a leading photographic organisation and then went on to study journalism at the University of Colombo. I recently completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Imaging and Photography from Hugh Baird College, Liverpool and University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).

 

I worked as a journalist and a news photographer for several leading newspapers in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1992. Subsequently, I worked for Reuters News Agency as the resident news photographer continuously until 2009. During this period, my main task was to report on the prevailing ethnic struggle of the Tamil people. Thereafter, I chose to leave Reuters News Agency and fled to Britain for security reasons in the face of the Sri Lankan government’s suppression of journalists during the last phases of the war.

 

For the very first time in 2006, I was honoured with the award for Sri Lanka’s best news photographer. In 2016, at the London Millennium Photographic Exhibition, one of my photographs was rated as one of the ten most beautiful photographs of Britain. In 2002 I proposed and implemented a group exhibition involving four different photographers in Sri Lanka, titled ‘War and Peace’ and in 2005 I initiated a group exhibition titled ‘Tsunami’ from a selection of over 12,000 images taken from a range of sources including provincial newspaper photographers, members of the public, NGOs as well as Tamil Tiger Rebel Media amongst others. Prior to departing Sri Lanka, I also contributed as an external lecturer for journalistic photography at the Sri Lanka School of Journalism, University of Kelaniya and also at school photographic societies around Sri Lanka.

Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi

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