Deepti Asthana is an independent photographer based in India. Her work focuses on gender issues and human rights. Under her umbrella project ‘Women of India’, Deepti has documented several important issues, highlighting the plight of farmer widows in Maharasthra and abandoned fishing women in Tamilandu. Her project ‘Living on the edge’ chronicles the life of a cyclone hit town Dhanushkodi and shows adverse effects of climate change on this fragile piece of land and its people.
Her project ‘Tales of two girls’ is a tender take on teenage in villages and small towns of India, through which she reflects her own life and more. Deepti is now working on a long term project to document the contribution of Indian women in wildlife and conservation. The first chapter of the project was photographed in Rajasthan and can be seen here.
Deepti was selected for women mentorship program by 'Women Photograph' in 2017 and was also nominated for Joop Swart Master Class in 2017. She was nominated for World Press Photo 6*6 talent in 2019. Having won the prestigious Alexandra Bolut Grant by VII Photo agency, Deepti has completed her diploma in photojournalism from Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark
Deepti's work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, BBC, Al Jazeera English, Der Spiegel, Daily Post, Huffington Post, First Post, The Diplomat, Feature Shoot, Hindu Business Line, The Hindu, Better Photography, The Quint, Scroll, The Quartz, etc.
Grants and awards-
2019 Gold in COPY for video documentary 'A new home'
2019 Nomination World Press Photo 6*6 talent
2018 Alexandra Bolut Grant by VII Photo agency
2018 Sahapedia Grant
2017 Mentorship program Women Photograph
2017 Serendipity arts foundation grant
2017 Nomination Joop Swart Master Class
2017 Focas Scotland Grant
Exhibitions and talks-
2019 Talk - 'Finding your focus in Photography; Objectifs, Singapore
2019 Digital Presentation at the Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2019 Solo exhibition 'Women of India' Utsav Maa festival Jodhpur, India
2019 The Queen, The American University, Cairo, Egypt
2019 Women of India, Solo exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland
2018 Pyre and poverty, Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad, India
2018 Tale of two girls, An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Scotland
2018 Tale of two girls, National Institue of design, Hyderabad, India
2018 Eyes on Street, Wilson, North Carolina, USA
2017 Living on the edge, Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India
2017 Talk - Women of India, Georgetown, Malaysia
2017 Tale of two girls, Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communications, Delhi, India
2017 Tale of two girls, An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
2017 Tale of two girls, Pondicherry Photo Festival, Pondicherry, India
2017 Tale of two girls, Just Another Photo Festival, Kolkata, India
2017 Pyre and poverty, Green Matheran Festival, Matheran, India
2016 Group exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala, India
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