Deepti Asthana is an independent Indian photographer and National Geographic Explorer. Her work focuses on documenting the hidden stories of women mostly in rural space. Raised by a single mother in a difficult economic conditions, she is naturally drawn to document these stories; she once grew up seeing around her. Her work is tender and insightful; which constantly focuses on documenting how Indian women are pushing the envelope to fight the deep-rooted patriarchy.


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.


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 was also 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.




Grants and awards-

2020 National Geographic grantee 

2020 Sahapedia Grant

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-

2020  'A thousand thorns' - Digital exhibition Zoom Photo festival, Canada 

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


Contact details-  deepti.asthana@gmail.com  



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