photographer. artist. filmmaker. consultant.
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Mahaneela is a multi-faceted artist and professional, with a focus on photography and filmmaking. She is represented by Academy Films. 

Mahaneela has created content for some of the most influential and exciting brands in the world, such as Converse, Adidas, Nike and Eurostar, as well as working with prominent record labels XL Recordings, Young Turks and Because Music. She has photographed artists such as Mercury Prize award winning Sampha, The xx, FKA Twigs, Steve Lacy, and many more. 

Mahaneela’s work has featured in I-D Magazine, The Fader, Complex, Suitcase Magazine and many others, and she was named one of this year’s female creative leaders by The Dots.

In her personal work, Mahaneela focuses on intimate portraiture and films that explore the experiences of people of colour across the world, documenting cultures across music, youth, and the African and Asian diasporas. 

Mahaneela made her directorial debut with a music video for artist Denai Moore, which was premiered by The Fader and nominated for a Shiny Award.  

She then debuted her first short film 'Kindred' at the Tate Modern as part of their 'Soul of a Nation: Art in the age of Black Power' exhibition. Since then, Mahaneela has gone on to direct visuals for international artists such as D.R.A.M, VanJess, and Amber Mark.

Alongside her photography, Mahaneela manages artist Denai Moore, and is a writer, curator and founder of award-nominated music consultancy agency COZY. She also co-founded In Bloom, an all women collective and agency specialising in creating engaging, authentic content for brands and artists.