Mahesh Balasubramanian



My name is Mahesh and I am from Chennai, India based Street Photographer. I started my photography journey in 2008 and took photographs of everything which I felt was beautiful. I shot macro, nature, landscape, etc. but it did not seem to satisfy me much. I then realized my interest was towards people photography and it soon became a passion. Most of my portraits are taken in the streets of India, with available ambient natural light. I strive to portray their inner heart and soul through the expressions in the eyes. I believe that through the subject’s eyes and expression, one can get a feeling of the person’s emotions, state of mind, happiness or sorrow. It is my goal to make portraits which will connect the viewers and the subjects directly.

Danish Siddiqui


A wrestler rubs his hands with mud to prevent slipping due to sweat, during a traditional mud wrestling bout in Kolhapur


While I enjoy covering news stories – from business to politics to sports – what I enjoy most is capturing the human face of a breaking story

Niha Masih



Niha Masih is a documentary photographer based in New Delhi, India. She has edited the photo essay section for The Sunday Guardian. Her exhibited works include a group exhibition on Recovery by PIX and a series of exhibitions at Sarai Media Lab, as part of their ‘City as Studio’ project. She won the Toto Award for Photography for her diptych series, Heart of Darkness, shot in the aftermath of communal violence in the state of Assam. She is the recipient of the India Habitat Centre Fellowship for Photography 2013. She currently works on a ground reportage and investigative news show, Truth vs Hype, which has involved extensive travel across the country, covering a wide range of socio-economic and political stories. Her photographic works focuses on under-reported stories and movements whose histories are often quietly buried.

Poulomi Basu


Imagination is pictures, seeing with your eyes closed just like you see when they are open, you have to do it both ways.
Look outside and notice all you can, and look inside and remember all you can. The really wise man knows how to choose, what to see and what to remember I guess. Winston ‘Solomon’ Odyele

Poulomi Basu is photographer based in New Delhi, India working across Asia.

She majored in Sociology, before completing her Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication graduating with a Distinction. Her work focuses on under-reported contemporary issues where gender and the formation of identity are often defining characteristics. She is interested in the lives of ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstance; in those individuals and groups who quietly challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of the world in which they live.

Poulomi is part of the VII Photo Agency Mentor Program.

Siddharth Setia



Siddharth Setia is a talented photographer, dream catcher and image maker currently lives and works in Gurgaon, India. Siddharth was born on 4’th May, 1986 in Punjab, India. He was selected by National Geographic India for the Nat Geo Cover Shot 3 Maximum City, India’s only Talent based reality show based on Photography.

Siddharth Setia roaming around with a camera trying to capture everydays life through his lens. An instinctive photographer, known to capture photographs from the daily life and make them everlasting. His play of shapes and colors in the photos he takes emphasize deeply about his passion and love for photography. He comes from the beautiful city of Bathinda, Punjab, India.

His eye for detail is totally self taught and it is his love for the unknown and the need to capture it through the visual medium that made him follow his dreams to become a freelance travel photographer. There are limitations to the use of language, but for Siddharth it is through the photographs that he speaks


The World’s Children

India UN Childrens Rights

A street child searches for recyclable material in a garbage dump on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Thursday, Nov. 19, a day ahead of Universal Children’s Day. Twenty years after the U.N. adopted a treaty guaranteeing children’s rights, fewer youngsters are dying and more are going to school, but an estimated 1 billion still lack services essential to their survival and development, UNICEF said. AP / Anupam Nath

A street child displays acrobatic skills with the help of an iron ring during a street show in Katmandu, Nepal. AP / Gemunu Amarasinghe

A street child sleeps next to a stray dog, as another looks for fleas in his clothes, in Katmandu, Nepal, AP / Gemunu Amarasinghe

Bangladeshi child laborers work at a balloon workshop in Kamrangir Char, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. AP / Pavel Rahman

School children chant morning prayers in an open-air government-run school in Jammu, India. AP / Channi Anand

India UN Childrens Rights
Roha, an infant, is left sleeping on the sidewalk of a busy street in Mumbai, India on Wednesday. AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Children wash clothes and bathe at a water pipeline surrounded by sewage in Mumbai, India on Wednesday. AP / Rafiq Maqbool

Dinesh, 8, cuts rose stems outside a flower shop in Gauhati, India on Wednesday . AP / Anupam Nath

Sheela, 6, walks the tightrope during a street performance in Gauhati, India, Wednesday. AP / Anupam Nath

Children play in a rickshaw at a garbage dump in Hyderabad, India on Tuesday. AP / Mahesh Kumar A

Children study in a yard with scrap collected for recycling, in Hyderabad, India.  AP / Mahesh Kumar A

Children from impoverished families attend a class at a government-run school in Gauhati, India. AP / Anupam Nath

Children gather to celebrate children’s rights in Harare. AP

Internally displaced women line up to receive therapeutic food for their children at a food distribution centre run by an organization called CAACID, funded by the UN agencies and European Union, in Mogadishu, Somalia. AFP / Getty Images / Mohamed Dahir

The Frame

Divya Agrawal


To photograph for me is to connect. To get a glimpse into another’s life, a moment, or a feeling- in the time space continuum- and more importantly, a means to share that bond.

Bred on episodes of Travel in the 90s, and ever since I laid my hands on my Father’s old Yashica as a 14 year old, I have always longed to reach out to discover, and share narratives in this form. Born into a traditional Hindu family with emphasis on a conventional career, if at all for a woman, following the path of a photographer has never been easy.

Originally trained as an Engineer, I quit my job three years back and joined a course in Communication to understand language, imagery and culture. Learning from the course supplemented my photography and powered my desire to pursue a dream of being a visual storyteller. Banking on the kindness of strangers, and many experiments later, the dream travels.

Since then, I have been working on my photographs, which revolve around conflicts, cultures, identity and other documentary work.

Both my visual and written work has appeared in a number of National and International Publications and has been exhibited in India and abroad.

I was also the Winner of the 2013 National Geographic Photography Scholarships and went on Assignment to Greenland. The same year, I was also an invited attendee to the Angkor Photo Workshops at Cambodia.

I am currently working on freelance assignments and personal projects and am based out of Bombay in India.

Abidmian Lalmian Syed



In a career spanning 70 years, A.L. Syed became one of the important figures of 20th-century Indian photography. Working in black and white, his apparently neutral stance conceals a deeply compassionate vision of human existence