37 Indian Still Lifes

 

Vinay Mahidhar

Vinay Mahidhar started photographing at the age of sixteen with the camera presented to him by his father, who himself is a well known photographer. 

Vinay’s work covers a wide range of genres including portraits of itinerary performers & traditional workers to fashion & advertising work.  He has been interested in collaborative projects as a way of extending his practice outside of a framework defined by studio photography.  One of the best examples of this is his collaboration with the artist Sudarshan Shetty in a Show “A Brisk  Walk Makes you feel good” in the year 2000.  In between his ongoing project for the last two years based on the comparative architecture across the world,. He is also in the process of working on a collaborative multi-media video based project scheduled for 2009.

 

Anna Fox

A photographer, Fox first gained attention for Work Stations: Office Life in London (1988), a study of office culture in Thatcher's Britain, originally commissioned by Camerawork and The Museum of London. She is best known for Zwarte Piet (1993-8), a series of twenty portraits taken over a five-year period that explore Dutch 'black-face' folk traditions associated with Christmas. The images of costumed revellers, posed in the manner reminiscent of seventeenth-century Dutch portraiture, have been widely exhibited internationally. Other projects have included The Village (1992), a multi-media collaboration with the writer Val Williams, examining the experiences of rural women, Country Girls, a collaboration with singer/songwriter Alison Goldfrapp portraying a fairytale nightmare vision of life in the country for young women, and Friendly Fire, which records the leisure activity of paint-balling in the manner of war reportage. More recent publications include Cockroach Diary and My Mother's Cupboards and My Father's Words (2000), which deal with autobiographical narratives and were designed as miniature, limited edition books. She has taught photography at the London College of Printing and the Royal College of Art, London, and is now Head of the BA in Photography at the University College of the Creative Arts, Farnham. Anna is currently co-writing, with Dr Deepak John Mathews, a Masters level photography course for the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Fox’s work is represented in a number of major collections. Her new book, Anna Fox Photographs is published by Photoworks 2007 edited by Val Williams, her exhibition Cockroach Diary and Other Stories opened at Impressions Gallery on 1st July 2008 and is now touring.

 

Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta is a photographer, artist, educator and curator based between London and New Delhi. Born in New Delhi and educated at the Royal College of Art (London 1983) he has been involved with independent photography as a critical practice for many years. His latest solo show, Sun City and Other Stories was at the Alliance Francaise Gallery, New Delhi (2012) and his last book, Queer was published by Prestel/Vadehra Art Gallery (2011). His work has been seen in many important group shows including Paris, Bombay, Delhi... at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2011). He is Visiting Faculty at NID, Ahmedabad. His work is many public collections including George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tate Britain and Harvard University. In 2009/10 he was part of a two-person show with British photographer, Anna Fox, entitled Face Up.

 

Adil Hasan

After studying economics in Mumbai, Adil Hasan worked as an assistant to commercial studio photographers in India, before studying photography at Unitec, New Zealand. Since completing his degree, two years ago, he has been in India, working on long-term personal projects. In 2012 he was awarded the National Foundation of India Media Fellowship, as well as receiving TFA award for photography. His winning series of photographs for the TFA prize, the TV, can be seen on tasveer Online (www.tasveeronline.com).

 

Amit Mehra

Throughout his 20-year career, Amit Mehra has traversed many genres of photography, working as a documentary, editorial, commercial and fine art photographer. He is the recipient of the Best Photographer of the Year - Asia award, which he received from the Sagamihara Museum in Japan for his book, India: A timeless Celebration. His work has been published in time, Der Spiegel, the Guardian, Architectural Digest, Conde Naste, India today, Outlook, Gallerie and National Geographic. Mehra’s photographs have also been widely exhibited in the UK, the USA, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy and India. His forthcoming book, Kashmir, is due to be released by Penguin in 2012.

 

Amit Pasricha

Amit Pasricha is an architectural and social documentary photographer who specialises in the panoramic format. His work has been exhibited in India, the UK and the USA. Pasricha is also a prolific producer of photobooks, whose titles include Dome Over India: Rashtrapati Bhavan, Horizons: the tata-India Century, Maharaja of Palaces: Umaid Bhavan, Mughal Style and India: then Now. Pasricha’s panoramic collector’s edition, the Monumental India Book was voted as one of the top 10 coffee table books of the world in 2008. In 2010 he brought out its sequel, the Sacred India Book. His most recent project is a comprehensive study on Mughal Architecture in the sub-continent, titled Mughal Architecture and Gardens.

 

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s photographic work addresses political, social and transformative issues stemming from her own experience of living between three cultures. Matthew’s work has been exhibited internationally, most notably at the RISD Museum, Providence, Newark Art Museum, the Guangzhou Biennial of Photography, China, the Noorderlicht Photofestival, Netherlands, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal Photo Biennale in Canada and at tasveer in India. In 2007, Matthew was the first of three artists to be awarded the MacColl Johnson Fellowship in Visual Arts. She has also received the John Gutmann Fellowship, the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship, and the American Institute of Indian Studies Creative Arts Fellowship. Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is Professor of Art (Photography) at the University of Rhode Island.

 

Anuj Ambalal

Anuj Ambalal holds a Master’s degree in Investment and Finance from Middlesex University, London. He used to work as an equity researcher before setting up a design studio in Ahmedabad - A Cube Design Inc. Here, he looks at furniArun Nangla is a freelance photographer based in London. He aims to use photography primarily as a means to generate awareness of socio- economic and socio-political issues, and his photographic projects often reveal the humanity of people in the face of hardship. Nangla is one of the founders of the ASA collective, a group of people from various backgrounds who believe in the power of storytelling as a vehicle to promote reflection and discussion about diverse issues in the human sphere. ASA is committed to producing photo essays and stories, and therefore giving photographers a platform to disseminate their practice and make a difference through the power of the image.ture design as an art form, concentrating on diverse shapes and textures and creating individual sculptural entities. Ambalal has received no formal education in photography, but considers it as a further progression from his design practice, and as another medium through which to explore and experiment with his creative ideas. His Soliloquists series was published on tasveer Online (www.tasveeronline. com) in 2011, and also forms the subject a photobook of the same name.

 

Bijoy Chowdhury

Bijoy Chowdhury graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta and currently works in the city as a freelance photographer. He is the recipient of several national and international awards, including the Commonwealth and National Geographic Travel Photo Award. His photographs have been exhibited in India, Holland, Sweden, China, Japan and, most notably, at the exhibition Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2010). In addition to his editorial assignments, Chowdhury continues to work on several long-terms personal projects of social-economic issues and has been honoured by the Government of India, with the Senior National Fellowship in Photography Award.

 

Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor is a British photographer based in France. Since 2003 he has been documenting the built environment of Kolkata and Mumbai with a large format camera in an ongoing long-term project. Many of these images were exhibited by Tasveer in 2007/08. He is currently working on two collaborative book projects following the publication in 2009 of, White & Black: Journey to the Centre of Calcutta, in which he worked in tandem with Soumitra Das. At the invitation of Tongji University in Shanghai, he has been working with the Chinese photographer, Luo Yongjin, to photograph some remote villages in Guizhou province, China, a project which will continue later this year. Recent exhibitions include those at Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris, Ofoto, Shanghai, and Gallery Out of Place, Tokyo.

 

Deepak John Mathew

Deepak John Mathew holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts (Graphic Arts) from the M.S. University, Vadodara and has a PhD in Design Education from the Center for Advanced Studies in Education, M.S. University, Vadodara. He has been instrumental in designing and developing the dual postgraduate program in Photography Design at the NID in Ahmedabad. He also set up the Photography Design discipline and started an International Postgraduate Certificate Program in Photography at the NID in collaboration with University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK. He has received many awards including the Commonwealth Fellowship for Photography (2011) and exhibited his works at many international and national exhibitions. He is currently working as the Head of Photography at National Institute of Design.

 

Edgar Angelone

Edgar Angelone was born and raised in Argentina. Although initially trained in the medical sciences and psychology, he has been involved in the arts since he was a child - first as a musician and now as a fine art photographer. Angelone has steadfastly pursued his own photography vision and has acquired an international reputation for his exquisite platinum and gelatin silver traditional black and white prints. He has won numerous black and white international competitions, been published in several photography magazines, and exhibited his work in galleries throughout the United States, South East Asia, South Africa, Europe and, recently, in India. Some of his photographs reside in the collections of the Bolinas Museum, Marin County Civic Center, The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, and Santa Clara Medical Center, in addition to private collections. A selection of photographs from his series, Ontological Quest, can be seen on Tasveer Online, (www.taseeronline.com).

 

Francois Daireaux

Beginning his artistic career as a sculptor, François Daireaux has over time left the space of the atelier and become a peregrinator artist - traveling on long-term journeys in Eastern Europe, Northern Africa, China and India, and working in the mediums of photography and video. He is currently working on a large-scale project which begun with a residency at the CIAV (International Center for Art and Glass) in Meisenthal (France), and the encounter with glass manufacturers in Firozabad (India) where he has spent several months. The project is based on observing, crossing and reinterpreting the techniques and shapes of these two very different glass production centres, giving shape to several sculptural installations, a movie and a photographic series, which will all be presented from now untill 2013 through solo exhibitions, including at the Lannion Art Center and La Maréchalerie in Versailles. A selection of photographs from his series, Passing Through, can be seen on Tasveer Online (www.tasveeronline.com).

 

GV Gireesh

Gireesh was born in Thirvananthapuram, Kerala. He holds a BFA in Painting from the Government College of Fine Arts, Thirunananthapuram, and a MFA from the SN School of Fine Arts and Performing arts, Central University of Hyderabad. Following his education, and a brief stint as a lecturer for Fine Arts within the Department of Architecture at the TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, Kerala, he joined Life Positive in 1997 in Delhi, and worked there as a photographer until 1999. Gireesh is primarily a documentary photographer and in this capacity he has worked for magazines including Outlook (Outlook News Magazine, Outlook Traveller, Outlook Money and other group publications 1999 – 2004) and India Today (Senior Photographer, 2004 – 2008). Gireesh moved to Bangalore in 2008, where he works as a freelance documentary photographer.

 

Jasmeen Patheja

Jasmeen Patheja studied Fine Art at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore. She has been a fellow at Sarai csds (2005) and is currently a fellow at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public (2007-2009). Patheja is also a fellow resident at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2007-2008). People and interaction form the basis of Patheja’s practice. Her works are interventionist by nature and use a range of media - including photography, video installation, sound, performance and the blog. Patheja’s subject matter ranges from children, family, weddings, and the city streets, to collaborative projects, such as the ongoing series Indri, which focuses on her grandmother, and Birth Control (2002), where a group of young ‘heterosexual’ boys in Leicester were photographed in women’s garments.

 

Jyoti Bhatt

Jyoti Bhatt is an artist best known for his modernist work in painting and printmaking, and also his photographic documentation of rural Indian culture. He studied painting under N. S. Bendre and K.G. Subramanyan at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda. Later he studied fresco and mural painting at Banasthali Vidyapith in Rajasthan, and in the early 1960s went on to study at the Academia di Belle Arti in Naples, Italy, as well the Pratt Institute in New York. Late in the 1960s Bhatt was asked to take photographs of Gujarati folk art. Initially this work was done for a seminar, but it soon became one of the artist’s passions to document traditional Indian craft and design work. Though Bhatt’s investigations into village and tribal designs certainly influenced the motifs he used in his printmaking, Bhatt considers his documentary photographs to be an art form in themselves and his direct and simply composed photographs have become valued on their own merit.

 

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and was raised in San Juan Puerto Rico in the 1960s. Knorr studied at the University of Westminster in the mid 1970s, exhibiting photography that addressed debates in cultural studies and film theory concerning the ‘politics of representation’ - practices which emerged during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She has taught and lectured internationally including at the University of Westminster, Goldsmiths College, Harvard and the Art Institute of Chicago and is now Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey. Knorr’s recent work uses photography to consider power and the place of the woman in contemporary India, referencing history and stories using animal characters inserted into palace and temple sites. She continues to develop a new genre of photography which explores history and memory and their relationship to contemporary India using allegory and magical realism.

 

Madhavi Swarup

Madhavi Swarup holds a Master’s degree in literature and a Visharad in Kathak dance and music. She completed her formal training in Photography from ICPP (NIFT) and received instant recognition with her solo show, Corridors, in 2003 that captured Delhi’s architectural splendour in black and white. Having held several group and solo shows since then. She specialises in freelance portraiture and architectural photography. Swarup also conducts specialised photography workshops in schools and colleges. Her work can be found in several private collections in India and abroad.

 

Mahesh Shantaram

Mahesh Shantaram is an independent documentary photographer from Bangalore. His main area of interest lies in visual representations of modern India. He celebrates the everyday, the mundane, the leftovers when all the exotic has been consumed or left to dry. Adopting a contemporary style of art- documentary photography, Shantaram pursues self-assigned ideas that explore urbanity and its consequences, with a special focus on the phenomenon that is Bangalore. His keen interest in aspects of society, economics, and technology, where it concerns digital photography, leads him to take the debates forward in those areas through activities such as writing, researching, and mentorship. Consequently, his latest projects involve the personalisation of public spaces at airports (Airtime) and taking a look at the mess that people leave behind at weddings (Matrimania).

 

Manoj Kumar Jain

Manoj Kumar Jain graduated with a BA (Fine Arts) degree from the Delhi College of Art. His exhibitions includeTiger Talk (Azad Bhavan, New Delhi, and Canada 2011), Four Acts of Love, (Lalit Kala Akadami, New Delhi, 2011), Anantanant (Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Siri Fort, New Delhi, 2004), Stories: Hidden within Shades of White (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, 2001) and Dilli O Dilli (India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 1999). His work was also included in the Click! Contemporary Photography in India show at Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi and Grosvenor Vadhera Art Gallery, London in 2008. In 2010, Jain’s work was selected as part of the major retrospective of photography from the Indian subcontinent, Where Three Dreams Cross, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

 

Mukesh Parpiani

Mukesh Parpiani is a renowned photojournalist with a career spanning close to four decades. He is currently the Head of the Piramal Gallery and the Centre of Photography as Art at the National Centre of the Performing Arts in Mumbai. He has also been recently appointed as an Honorary Member of the Photographic Society of India. Parpiani began his career as a freelance photographer in 1979 before spending a decade at The Daily followed by decade long associations with the Indian Express and then Mid-day, leading both their photo teams. Parpiani is particularly known for his coverage of the Mumbai Police and communal riots in Mumbai. A true Mumbaikar, now a resident of the city for almost half a century, Mukesh’s pictures of Mumbai form an eloquent vignette into its lifespan over the last four decades.

 

Navroze Contractor

Navroze Contractor grew up in Ahmedabad and has a BA (Fine Arts) degree in painting and photography from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University of Baroda. His interest in cinema took him to the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Contractor then further studied photography under Bhupendra Karia in India and the U.S. and then cinematography under master Laszlo Kovacs in the U.S. Contractor has been the cinematographer for many path breaking and award winning feature films, including Duvidha, directed by Mani Kaul, 22nd June 1897 and Limited Manuski by Nachiket Patwardhan, Percy by Pervez Merwanji, Love in the Time of Malaria by Sanjiv Shah, Devarkadu by Pattabhi Rama Reddy, Devi Ahilya Bai, 35mm Cinemascope, directed by Nachiket Patwardhan and Frames, directed by Chetan Shah. His exhibition of still photographs, Listening Camera, toured across Tasveer’s galleries in India in 2008.

 

Neeta Madahar

Neeta Madahar is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with photography and time-based media to explore constructions of nature, artifice and perception with an auto-biographical influence. In 1999 she graduated from Winchester School of Art and the University of Southampton in England with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. She was then awarded a scholarship to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston, graduating with a MFA degree in Studio Art in 2003. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious 2008/9 Bradford Fellowship in Photography from the National Media Museum in the UK, which culminated in a major solo exhibition from October 2009 to February 2010. Last year, US book publisher Nazraeli Press released a monograph on Neeta Madahar’s latest series of photographic portraits, Flora.

 

Pradip Malde

Pradip Malde was born in Arusha, Tanzania. Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1980, he has lived and worked as a photographic artist and teacher in Scotland and Sewanee, Tennessee, USA. Malde’s photographic interests cover a broad spectrum of approaches, ranging from still life to what is increasingly being referred to as slow-documentary. Regardless of approach, his work focuses on the things that hold communities together. He has been working on a number of projects in Haiti for the past six years, and is just completing a project about the Trench Town community in Kingston, Jamaica. A selection of portraits from Malde’s Prayer and Despair series, shot in India, can be seen on Tasveer Online (www. tasveeronline.com).

 

Prathana Modi

Prarthana Modi is based in New Delhi, India. She studied Management and Systems Design after which she worked in the telecommunications industry for ten years before giving it up to pursue photography. She started her formal training in photography with a foundation course from Central St. Martins School of Art and Design, London and then went on to study at the School of Black & White Photography, also in London. However, she is mostly self-taught and self- motivated. Prarthana captures all her images in black and white and shoots on film only. A selection of photographs, entitled Traveling Abstractions, can be seen on Tasveer Online (www. tasveeronline.com).

 

Rajesh Vora

Rajesh Vora is a graduate of the National Insitute of Design, Ahmedabad, and now works as an independent photographer with a strong inclination towards editorial and documentary photography. He photographs people and areas that are in states of flux, and is interested in things that are disappearing from our world. His concern with urban issues, especially those dealing with Mumbai, has often seen him collaborate on projects with architects, environmentalists, development groups and filmmakers. Vora has a 15 years long ongoing association as a photographer with Colors magazine, and also contributed as a researcher, writer on special issues and collaborative projects with Colors and Fabrica. His architectural work, which often has a social relevance, has been published and exhibited widely in India and abroad.

 

Saibal Das

Saibal Das inherited his love for photography from his father, who was also a keen and talented photographer. Das has been working with a number of known publications including the ABP, India Today, and Outlook since his early days. He has won numerous accolades in his field such as the UNESCO award and the National Media Fellowship from the National Foundation for India (NFI). He has traveled extensively to countries including Afghanistan, China, Japan and Bangladesh to document important events. His previous exhibitions at Tasveer include Mera Naam Joker (2007), and Tales of Chitpore (2009/10). Much of his work focuses on the city of Calcutta, which continues to be an infinite source of inspiration for his life and work.

 

Swapan Nayak

Swapan Nayak is an independent photographer based in Kolkata, India. He Started working professionally from 1995 and has worked in editorial photography for publications both in India and abroad. His works have been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. He has been awarded the National Media Fellowship 2002-2003 by the National Foundation for India, the Nirmaan Photography Fellowship in 2006 and the National Senior Fellowship in photography (visual art) for the period of 2009-2011, by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. His exhibitions at Tasveer include the 2007/08 show Nowhere People and Refugees in Their Own Land, and the 2011/12 exhibition, Being & Nothingness.

 

Tim Hall

Tim Hall specialises in travel, landscape and portraiture. His drive to see the world through the lens of a camera was inspired by the romance of 19th century travellers. Hall’s work is a lyrical response to the people and places that he has visited and shows his deep interest in the urban and natural world as well as the people who inhabit them. The influence of painting in his work stems from his studies of Art History at Manchester University. The intention to strike an emotional or spiritual chord is evident in much of his landscape work, which is inspired by Rothko and Turner. With over twenty years experienceas a project-based photographer, his works are often conceived as a series and exhibited as a collective body. He has held two exhibitions at Tasveer: Pilgrimage in 2007/08 and Escape in 2010/11.

 

Tom Parker

Tom grew up in the Cotswolds, UK, which fuelled an early appetite for beautiful places. After a brief flirtation with the financial world, he relocated to Nepal to write for an independent newspaper. High on the Himalayan plateau he discovered photography and a love for travel. After completing a Journalism Masters at City University, Tom then explored his own country as reporter for BBC Radio 4 and began shooting for newspapers in London. In 2004 he was drawn back to Asia, basing himself in Sri Lanka for three years where he covered the tsunami as a photographer, BBC radio journalist and writer. In 2008 he moved to Mumbai and travelled worldwide as a photographer. In 2010 he was appointed photo editor of Condé Nast Traveller India, launching Asia’s first edition of the magazine. He shoots a wide range of commercial work both in the UK and internationally and his photographs are held in private corporate collections in Asia and Europe. In 2012 he is publishing a book on the development of Modern India.

 

Vicky Roy

Vicky Roy, born in Purulia, West Bengal, once called the Delhi Railway Station platform his home. At the age of 11, he worked there as a rag picker. He was rehabilitated by Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) and was encouraged to explore photography as a profession. The British High Commission sponsored his first solo show in 2007. Subsequently, through the Ramchander Nath Foundation’s nomination the Maybach Foundation awarded him a prestigious six-month long mentorship residency program where he worked on the photographic documentation of the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York. Having once called the streets his home, Roy is a master of capturing street life, and is credited as treating this usually sensationalised subject with an unparalleled level of sensitivity and maturity.

 

Blodsow VS

Blodsow VS is a self-taught artist, born in Kerala. His solo exhibitions include, Nothing to do with Sigmar Polke and Jonathan Monk and Her obsession is not my Obsession, The Park, Chennai (2011), Nomadic Cock speaking Blah Blah, The Madras Terrace House, Chennai (2009), Product Deproduction Product, Hues Art Gallery, Chennai (2007), Alienation and Reality, Alliance Francaise de Chandigarh (2005). In 2011, his Re-Creation series was published on Tasveer Online (www. tasveeronline.com).

 

Vivek Vilasini

Vivek Vilasini is a multimedia artist, initially trained as a Radio Officer at the All India Marine College, Kerala, India. He then went on to study political science (1987) from the University of Kerala, before training in sculptural practices from traditional craftsman. His work has been well received both nationally and internationally, including at the Prague Biennial, ARCO- Madrid, MOCA, Shanghai, CCCB, Barcelona, Chicago Art Fair, Newark Museum, Sharjah Museum, Sharjah Biennale and The Indian Highway show at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway.

 

Tarun Chopra

Tarun Chopra is known nationally and internationally as an exquisite producer of photobooks on the subject of India, some of which are now in their 10th editions. He has recently finished shooting a Mexican Haçienda and a series on the copper industries near Mexico City. Before this, he has been on assignments is Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and South Africa. At present, Chopra is working on a project called Threads of Compassion for which he is travelling extensively around the world and interviewing and photographing world religious leaders in their own habitat. Perusing this goal, he has trekked to meet the Mayan leader in the jungles of Tikal in Guatemala, the Chief Rabbi to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, met the Imam in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and photographed the chief priest of the Greek Orthodox Church.

 

Arun Nangla

Arun Nangla is a freelance photographer based in London. He aims to use photography primarily as a means to generate awareness of socio- economic and socio-political issues, and his photographic projects often reveal the humanity of people in the face of hardship. Nangla is one of the founders of the ASA collective, a group of people from various backgrounds who believe in the power of storytelling as a vehicle to promote reflection and discussion about diverse issues in the human sphere. ASA is committed to producing photo essays and stories, and therefore giving photographers a platform to disseminate their practice and make a difference through the power of the image.

 

Prashant Panjiar

Prashant Panjiar is a self-taught photographer. He has worked as a photojournalist and editor in 84, mainstream media at the Patriot newspaper (1984-1986), India Today (1986-1995) and the Outlook Group of Publications (1995-2001). Since 2001 Panjiar has been working independently, specialising in reportage, editorial and documentary photography. He also continues to work as a consulting picture editor and is actively involved in mentoring younger photographers. He has served on the jury of the World Press Photo Awards in Amsterdam in 2002, the China International Press Photo Competition in 2005 and the Indian Express Press Photo Awards. Panjiar is co-founder and managing trustee of Nazar Foundation, a non-profit trust for the promotion of the photographic arts and also the co-founder and one of the creative directors of the Delhi Photo Festival.