Dileep Prakash (b. 1965) studied Ancient Indian history and has been photographing since the 1980s. A considerable part of his practice navigates memory, history and the passage of time – specifically India’s colonial past. Dileep's fascination for steam locomotives began when he travelled between his boarding school and home and he photographed some of India's last steam trains - Faster than fairies, faster than witches: The Last Steam Trains (1999-2003). For his project, The Anglo-Indians (2004-2006), Dileep made portraits of a community in twilight. From 2007 to 2010, Dileep photographed boarding schools built by the British in colonial India. He began this project, titled What Was Home, at his alma mater Mayo College, Ajmer circa 1875. His recent work Sleeping in the Forest (2007-17) looks at Dak Bungalows and forests in the Himalayas. His other ongoing project is making portraits of honeymoon couples at honeymoon destinations in India.
Dileep is a visiting faculty and jury for the Master’s photography programme at the National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar and at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, New Delhi.
Dileep Prakash is represented by Photoink and divides his time between his village in Uttarakhand and New Delhi.