I am an independent photojournalist, filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer 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, deepened my understanding of 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.
In 2021, supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society, I travelled through central India for over 40 days on a motorcycle, documenting how healthcare workers and volunteer doctors worked to counter the devastating impact of COVID-19’s second wave on isolated rural and indigenous communities. The work received Amnesty International UK’s Media Award for Photojournalism in 2022.
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, Frontline Freelance Register, Video Consortium and South Asian Journalists Association. I speak fluent English, Hindi, and Telugu and can get by in Kannada, Tamil, Marathi and Bengali.
EDITORIAL COMMISSIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Monocle, Al Jazeera, GEO, The Guardian, 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 others.
NGO, NON-PROFIT CLIENTS
UNHCR, UNICEF, FAO, Greenpeace, Oxfam, The Clinton Foundation, Teach for America, HCL Foundation, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Worldvision India, HLFPPT, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Public Health Foundation of India, Project Management Institute and Wadhwani Foundation.
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND AGENCY CLIENTS
Facebook, Apple, YouTube, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Lowe Lintas, Airbnb, CFA Institute, ServiceNow, Salesforce, Primark, Sanofi Aventis, Systra and Keolis.
AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND EXHIBITIONS
National Geographic Society \ Storytelling Grantee, 2023.
American Photography 39 \ Winner.
Srishti Award for Documentary Projects, Chennai Photo Biennale Awards \ Winner, 2023.
Amnesty International UK Media Award for Photojournalism \ Winner, 2022.
Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant for Photography \ Nominee, 2022.
Red Ink Awards for Excellence in Indian Journalism \ Shortlisted, 2022.
Chennai Photo Biennale \ Communities of Choice, Shortlisted Artist, 2022.
Oxford Climate Journalism Network \ Fellow, Second Cohort, 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, 2022.
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, 2021.
World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent Program \ Nominee, 2020.
UNSUNG-Srishti Digilife Grant \ Nominee, 2020.
International Center of Photography, New York \ #ICPConcerned Exhibition, 2020.
Verzasca Foto Festival, Switzerland \ Shortlisted and Digital Projection, 2020.
Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India \ Exhibition, 2020.
Photometria Festival, Greece \ Exhibition, 2020.
Round Lemon and Leeds City Museum \ Protest for Progress Exhibition, 2020.
Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India \ Digital Projection, 2018.
Worldvision India \ Ek Nazar Exhibition, 2016.
Imagely Fund \ Honourable Mention, 2016.