I have a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Film from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and a Master's degree in Indian History from Bombay University. I have been a faculty member at the New York Film Academy and The Maine Photographic Workshops. I am presently doing research for the Magnum Photo Agency and involved in a photo documentary about the gospel churches in Harlem. I am also actively involved in independent feature film production in New York and Los Angeles in the capacity as cinematographer, sound engineer and producer. I am presently working on a documentary on the preservation ofhistirical buildings for the state of New York.
I have been
photographing India for the past 15 years. My journey of discovery has taken
me trekking the high reaches of the Himalayas to SCUBA diving in the waters
off the Lakshwadeep islands. I have cycled across the southern part of the
subcontinent, from Madhurai to Kanya Kumari and walked the Punjab from the
Bhakra Nangal dam to Chandigarh, at the height of the unrest in that region.
I have spent considerable time travelling with the holy men of India and with
nomads of the high desert in Ladakh. One of the more bizarre locations that I
have photographed is the ship-breaking yard at Alang in Gujarat. Hundreds of
ocean going ships are driven onto the beaches and crews descend upon it,
stripping these mighty vessels down to the tiniest of bolts that are to be
sold as scrap metal. Some of these pictures can be viewed on my web
My specialized interest in the field of photography pertains to issues that are prevalent in India today. My next project will explore the issue of child labor. I seek to investigate the causes that rob these children of their youth, the conditions they face at work, the organizations working to improve the conditions of these children and their rehabilitation Is there hope or no hope for these children? Another project that is close to my heart is the role that women are playing in changing the face of modem India, their contribution to a society that is dominated by males and the struggles they face to make these contributions. I also seek to record a year in the life of the nomads of the Himalayas, whose life style has changed very little in the past centuries. Their festivals, wedding ceremonies, birth and death rituals are of immense interest to me A childhood passion has been the Indian commercial film industry based in Bombay. I wish to document the people who work away from the spotlight - the dancing girls, the dance masters, the light boys, the spot boys, the stunt artists, the extras, and the cameramen. It is these people who are the true heroes of the celluloid screen.
My ultimate professional
goal would be to be representated by the Magnum photo agency, for I admire
the photographers they represent as well as the agencies tradition of"
concerned photography". I seek to further my career as a professional
photojoumalist by working with magazines and newspapers that are dedicated to
makeing a difference. I seek to bring about the awareness of others through this
medium, yet it has been instrumental in making me aware of my responsibility
as an artist and as a human being. I am trying to make a difference through
my work, yet the only difference I can truly make is to change the way I see
and act towards the world by making people think about the world we live in
and bring about awareness and thus change to the world. I strongly believe in
contributing my skills and talent to relief groups.
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