Founder and Director
With over two decades of experience in the art and cultural sectors, Nathaniel is the founder and director of Cara Consulting and works actively across all our projects. After studying fine art at the Arts University Bournemouth, he took a masters degree in Cultural Studies at the London Consortium (a collaborative programme of the Architectural Association, Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Science Museum and the Tate Gallery). Nathaniel began his professional career with Eric Franck Fine Art in London, before working as a photo archivist for Source Photographica in Melbourne, Australia. Moving to India in 2010, he worked for the Tasveer Art Gallery, where he established its international programme and led the gallery for five years as a Partner and Director. With Abhishek Poddar he is a co-founder of the Museum of Art & Photography in Bengaluru, one of the first private major art museums in the country, and subsequently set up its online educational arm, the MAP Academy. He remains closely involved with both projects.
As an editor and author, Nathaniel has worked on research and publication projects on the subject of South Asian and South East Asian art and culture, including Photography in India: A Visual History From the 1850s to the Present (Prestel), which he co-authored with Dr Diva Gujral; Hikari: Contemporary Photography from Japan (Japan Foundation); Derry Moore: In the Shadow of the Raj (Prestel/ Random House); William Dalrymple: The Historian’s Eye (HarperCollins); Maharanis: Women from Royal India (MAPIN); and Goh Beng Kwan: Nervous City (authored by Joleen Loh), (National Gallery Singapore). His edited monograph on the Indian artist, Jyoti Bhatt, Time, and Time again, is being published by the Museum of Art & Photography in 2022.
Nathaniel served on the board of the Museum of Art & Photography (2018–2021), as a jury member for the TFA photography prize (2015–18) and the Sienna Awards (2021), a nominator for the Kyoto Art Prize (2019), the Pix Pictet Award (2017–21) and the Sundaram-Shergill grant for photography (2021). Born in London, he is now based in Singapore, and is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.