About - Deepti Asthana

I am a self-taught photographer based out of Mumbai.  


An unfortunate incident of my father's death in early 90's brought me and my family to Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. Growing up in a small town, 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. However, the stark difference between these two worlds inspired me to talk more about gender issues in rural villages and small towns of India.


Gradually, a newly found passion turned into profession, as I gathered the courage to make a career switch. Now, I work on stories of women under an umbrella project ''Women of India', with an intention to bring out the stories of Indian women, 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'. 


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-

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

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