Selvaprakash was born in 1978 in Tirunelveli, India. He received his Masters in Communication from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in India, and started his photography career as a staff photographer for Dinamalar, a leading Indian daily newspaper and later worked as the chief photographer for the Dinakaran Tamil Daily.
Selvaprakash's photography focuses on a wide range of social, political and economic issues such as the struggles of seasonal migrant workers, child labourers, AIDS sufferers and their families, Sri Lankan refugees, mine workers and Nepalese circus performers.
In 2007, he participated in Angkor Photography Festival's free workshops and won the Paris Match Award for best emerging Asian photographer with his work on AIDS sufferers and their families in Cambodia.
His work has been exhibited in PourIInstant 15th Young Visual Artist Exhibition Niort-France and the 2008 World Photojournalism Festival (China TOPS). His photographs have been published in Paris Match, The New Internationalist and other leading newspapers and magazines across India.