I was a shy and quiet kid who dreamed of becoming an engineer. When I became an engineer, I dreamed of traveling the world. Then I traveled across the length and breadth of India and realised that everyone has a story. 

So, now I tell the stories of women in India.

The stories that I grew up seeing around me.... 






Supported by National Geographic Society


Editorial contribution :  National Geographic Magazine, BBC News, 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.  


Recognitions : 

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 Photography grant Unsung project

2017 Nomination Joop Swart Master Class

2017 Focas Scotland Grant


 Work display 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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