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A London based photographer/ director and set designer with Eelam Tamil ethnicity creating work capturing culture and community.

Mathushaa Sagthidas is a first generation British freelance photographer, stylist, set designer and art director (studied at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL) with interest in fine art and contemporary fashion. Mathushaa’s work often examines her identity - Tamil Eelam ethnicity and British nationality, which is reflected through traditions, history and culture.


Through her skills within photography, creative direction and set design, Mathushaa has worked with various commerical clients, however beyond her professionalism, she unfold important narratives that inspire progressive change within the south Asian community to elevate stories of lived experiences and culture that draw the viewer into a world of emotions, memories and reflection. 

Identity, authenticity and representation are important to her because of her parents’ upbringing and experiences during the Sri Lankan civil war, which took place from 1983 until now. The history of the war, their own personal suffering and experience led Mathushaa to learn and embrace her ethnic culture, traditions and heritage more and more. ​


Her photography and set design work spans a range of brands including Amazon, Wolf & Badger, Fashion United, MullenLowe, GUAP, AdidasAterlier100 and Royal Court Theatre; publications such as Creative LivesGlass Magazine, The Photographer's Gallerygal-dem, Hypebae​, Fashion Minority ReportTHIIIRD Magazine, Hypebeast, DishoomIt's Nice That, The British Library and Graduate Fashion Week and exhibitions such as Tate Britain, PhotoFusion, BBH London, Lake Gallery, Camberwell Space Gallery, Rankin x Maryland Studio, Royal Greenwich Museums including billboards across the UK and a solo show with Bow Arts. See more here!


See more of Mathushaa’s work on her Instagram @mathuxphotos

For commissions and inquiries, please email:

EQ Available

- Canon 5D Mark IV, 24-105mm lens and 18-55mm lens

Hensel Porty Premium AS 1200 pack

- 2 x Hensel flash heads/ standard reflector disheswith modelling lamps & cables

- Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam

- Tethering, Laptop and Editing software

- Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Film Camera

- Godox TT600

- Neewer Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel x 2


Featured on The Photographer's GalleryCreative LivesGlass Magazine, Bloomsburygal-demCampaign MagazineIt's Nice That, London Design FestivalHypebae​, HypebeastDishoomFashion Minority ReportTHIIIRD Magazine, Graduate Fashion Week, Shado Magazine, Homegrown VoicesFashion, Shutterhub: Everyday DelightSludge MagazineFuse Manchester, MyLondon NewsFashion Scout, House Beautiful, The Photography FoundationTake More PhotosAsian Woman Festival, SevenSix AgencySouth Asian Heritage Month, Creative Mentor NetworkGlass MagazineBrownGirlMagazineBurnt Roti MagazineYellow Zine,


Forbes 30 under 30 - Europe's Arts and Culture List 2024

The British Journal of Photography Vol 6 - Portrait of Britian 2023

D&AD New Blood Portfolio Winner 2023

D&AD New Blood Portfolio Winner 2022

Shortlisted for Penguin Student Design Awards - collaboration with Tasia Graham (2021)


Solo Exhibitions:

Poplar Union Solo Show - ''Not Just Brown, Not Just Indian" (February - April 2024)

Bow Arts' The Lab Solo Show - ''Not Just Brown, Not Just Indian" (April - August 2023)

Toynbee Hall's Wall Projection ''Not Just Brown, Not Just Indian" (March - April 2023)

Power of Women x Fringe Festival at Margate's Arts Club "Not Just Brown, Not Just Indian" (February - March 2023)

London Bridge Station "Art in the Underground" (May 2022)


Online Exhibitions:

Shutter Hub's Yearbook (August 2023)

Yinka Shonibare's The British Library at Tate Modern (November 2021)

Group Exhibitions:

Artcore Gallery: Stand Up (March - April 2024)

The Photographer's GalleryPortrait of Britian 2023 (Feburary 2024)

The British Journal of Photography Vol 6 - Portrait of Britian 2023 (January - Feburary 2024)

Adidas x GUAP: Rebel to Revolutionise (December 2023)

Royal Maritime Museum: PIONEERS: A Renaissance in South Asian Creativity (October 2023 - March 2024) 

Cambridge University: Shutterhub: Open 2023/2024 (November 2023 - February 2024)

Boilerooms' New House Art Space: Universal Love (October 2023)

LCB DEPOT & FORMAT 2023 part of FORMAT Photography festival (March 2023)

Saatchi and Saatchi's Unsigned (February 2023)

Take More Photos x Outernet Global (July - November 2022)

Royal Maritime Museum: Ritual | Ceremony (October 2022)

SumWeekly's x 948collective: London Design Festival (September 2022)

Visual Noise at Maryland Studio (April 2022)

GUAP Magazine x Woman to Woman presents ‘A Mother’s Tale’ (March 2022)

Photo Fusion UK's Select 2021 (December 2021 - January 2022)

Tate Collective: Finding Home (December 2021)

Photo Fusion UK's Salon 2021 (July - August 2021)

Clear Channel Gender Equality Artist-in-Residence Campaign, March 2021

Southwark Park Galleries Camberwell College of Arts Don’t Panic! show, Lake Gallery, London, January 2020 


Graduate Fashion Foundation: Beyond Graduation (February 2024)
UAL Camberwell: Foundation Talks: Next Steps (December 2023)

The Photography Foundation x Londnr: Image-Makers Fair (September 2023)

UAL LCF - Freelance Insights: Alumni panel + meet & greet (June 2023)

Power of Woman: International Woman (March 2023)

Surrey University - Women in Industry (March 2023)

Middlesex University - A guide to being self-employed (January 2023)

UEL's Shaping My Identity: What It Means to Be a South Asian Creative (September 2022)

South Asian Heritage Month: Sri Lanka/ Tamil Eelam (July 2022)

Brown Girls Don't: Thrive Without School (July 2022)

UAL LCC: Life After Graduation (May 2022)

Anisha Parmar London: Empowered Adornment E08 (August 2021)

BBC Asian Network (August 2021)

Photofusion's Salon Artist Talk (August 2021)

Artist Talk at Hendon School (June 2021/ September 2021)

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