About - Deepti Asthana

Hi, I am Deepti. I am a self-taught photographer based out of Mumbai.  Growing up in a small town of Uttar Pradesh, I struggled to ‘stand out’ as well as ‘fit in’ the stereotypical mold of Indian culture. Later, I worked in IT companies in Delhi, UK and Mumbai to make a living while simultaneously practising photography. Gradually, a newly found passion turned into profession, as I gathered the courage to make a career switch.   

I started my journey as a travel photographer,  and traveling opened an entirely new world to me, and exposed me to new experiences which I was devoid of while growing up. While traveling in various parts of India, I relaised that how similar the stories of these women are to mine or my mother who was married at a very early age and widowed young.  

Now, I work on stories of women under an umbrella project ''Women of India', with an intention to bring out the stories which have been overshadowed for too long.  

 In 2017, I was selected for women mentorship program by 'Women Photograph' and I was also nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass. I was awarded a grant from Serendipity Arts Foundation to create work in a fishing village of Southern India. I received a grant from Focas, Scotland to produce work on teenagers of a mountain village in Uttarakhand, which is a traveling exhibition in India and Scotland.  In 2018, I received grant from Sahapedia to create work on the 'Divided families of India-Pakistan partition'.  I have received 'The Alexandra Boulat Grant' to study in Danish school of Media and Journalism in 2019, sponsored by VII Photo agency. 

My work has been published in 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.

I am available for the assignments,  please contact me on deepti.asthana@gmail.com / +91-7506040910 

Group Exhibitions-

Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad- Pyre and poverty, 2018

An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway , Scotland- Tale of two girls, 2018

National Institue of design, Hyderabad- Tale of two girls, 2018

Eyes on Street, Wilson, North Carolina, 2018 

Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa- Living on the edge, 2017

Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communications, Delhi - Living on the edge, 2017

An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis - Living on the edge, 2017

Pondicherry Photo Festival, Pondicherry - Living on the edge, 2017

Just Another Photo Festival, Kolkata - Living on the edge, 2017

Green Matheran Festival - Pyre and poverty, 2017

Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala, 2016

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