by Maria Sofou

Johannesburg-based artist Anshuman Ghosh first began his artistic career as a street photographer. When he realised that he couldn’t create the world he imagined that way, he came up with his own unique illustration and paper art technique.

Ghosh’s clever illustrations consist of small paper drawings, cut and aligned with his phone in order to look like an illusion as the artist’s iPhone seems like a tiny window to another world!

“I wanted to create something that was a fusion between what was real and what was not,” Ghosh  said on Instagram. “Placing the phone in the picture gives me the freedom to trick my audience into believing the phone is more than something that it is.”


Hi there everyone! You would noticed my absence from Instagram over the past few days – yesterday was the first day in a long time that I forgot to post an artwork! Here's why. The last couple of days have been quite forgetful for me – firstly, I had to travel back home from India without my wife and son. My wife fell badly I'll on the day of our travel and she had no choice but to stay back in India. If things weren't depressing enough, my flight from Dubai was delayed by over 2.5 hours which meant I reached home only in the wee hours of Monday morning. There is no worse feeling than reaching home to an empty house! Anyway, after a day of trying to get things back on track, I am finally back on Instagram (although not for too long, more details to follow ?) and glad to be #wakingupin Johannesburg again. How have you been? #artwork #arts_gallery

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The Delhi Belly Series (4 of 4) ft. Tandoori Chicken and Paneer Tikka! Hi there! This is the last post from my Delhi Belly Series but it's sadly also my last post for at least another 10 days ???. Since my wife and more importantly her phone are still in India, I don't have anything to take pictures of my phone ???. What this sadly means is till such time as I am reunited with my wife and her phone, I can't take pictures of any artworks. Unless, someone wants to lend me their camera ?. I think I'll make the most of this week long sabbatical and get up to date with all the lovely comments I haven't replied to in such a long time. Keep well and see you soon! #sp #ballantines #ballantinessa #staytrue #artwork #arts_gallery #phoneframes #phoneframing

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Hi there! My bag is packed and I am ready to go ?. So the day has finally come! Me and my family are leaving for our month long vacation to India tonight. It feels so great to be heading back home after such a long time and I can't wait to get to New Delhi! The last couple of weeks have been crazy busy with me burning the proverbial midnight oil to create enough artworks to last the month long holiday. I am on the verge of a full blown burnout! As you would have probably noticed, I have been tardy replying to your comments and engaging with all my Instafriends. It's unlike me not to respond to comments in time so I am really sorry about this and I will most definitely catch up with all your comments in the next few days. Keep well y'all! My next post will be from India ✈️. #artwork #arts_gallery #travel #luggage

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In a build-up to Global Handwashing Day on October 15, I am working on some artwork to highlight how hand washing with soap is one of the most important health interventions in the world. Every year, almost 1.7 million children do not live to see their 5th birthdays because of diarrhoea and pneumonia. The simple act of hand washing can significantly reduce the risk of contracting diarrhoea and pneumonia by as much as half and can save lives. There is a need to create awareness in our communities about how big an impact hand washing can make. This quirky artwork is dedicated to this cause and I hope that someday, a soap dispenser will become as ubiquitous as a mobile phone everywhere in the world. #globalhandwashingday #iphoneography #artwork #arts_gallery

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