I am an independent photojournalist and filmmaker based out of Hyderabad and Bangalore in India. My work explores the many inequalities that influence migration, health and the environment, with a particular focus on rural and indigenous communities across the country.
In the summer of 2008, I quit an IT job to work on commissioned projects photographing communities in HIV/AIDS interventions in southern India. Over the next three years, this work resulted in several publications and more importantly, greatly helped me understand rural India and continues to influence my current work. I had during this time also worked towards a master’s degree in journalism from Osmania University, Hyderabad.
I also founded and edited Galli, an online publication that featured visual storytelling from India between 2011 and 2015.
I am a member of Diversify Photo, The Everyday Projects, The Frontline Freelance Register, Video Consortium and South Asian Journalists Association. I speak fluent English, Hindi, Telugu and can get by in Kannada, Tamil, Marathi and Bengali.
Commissions and Publications:
National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, GEO, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, Financial Times Magazine, Rest of World, CNN, BBC, Scientific American, Foreign Affairs, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Nature, Wired, Reuters, Quartz, The Caravan, Vogue India, Forbes India, The Indian Quarterly, OPEN, Tehelka and The Indian Express.
Among the non-profits I have worked with are UNHCR, UNICEF, Greenpeace, Oxfam, The Clinton Foundation, Teach for America, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration, Worldvision India, HLFPPT, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Public Health Foundation of India and Wadhwani Foundation.
Corporate clients include Facebook, Apple, YouTube, CFA Institute, Sanofi Aventis, Systra and Keolis.
Awards, Grants, Fellowships and Exhibitions:
2022: Amnesty Media Awards / Winner, Photojournalism
2022: Oxford Climate Journalism Network / Fellow
2022: Asian Press Photo / Winner, Contemporary Issues
2022: News Photo Awards / Shortlisted, Healthcare Category
2022: Chennai Photo Biennale Awards / Winner, News and Current Affairs: Single Image
2022: Chennai Photo Biennale Awards / Shortlisted, News and Current Affairs: Photo Story
2021: National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists / Grantee
2021: Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India / Artist Talk
2021: Leica Oskar Barnack Award / Nominee
2021: Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Turbinebagh
2020: World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent Program / Nominee
2020: UNSUNG-Srishti Digilife Grant / Nominee
2020: International Center of Photography, New York / #ICPConcerned
2020: Verzasca Foto Festival, Switzerland / Shortlisted and Digital Projection
2020: Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India
2020: Photometria Festival, Greece
2020: Round Lemon and Leeds City Museum / Protest for Progress
2018: Indian Photo Festival / Digital Projection
2016: Worldvision India / Ek Nazar
2016: Imagely Fund / Honourable Mention