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A Photography Guide to the East India Coast: Bengal and Odisha

It was a sunny afternoon some twenty-odd years ago when I, as a toddler, first stepped foot on a sea-beach and heard what I thought was probably some kind of a prehistoric beast, hungry and roaring in the distance. Turns out, it was just the ocean.

Planning and Managing a Photography Trip to India

I traveled to India for a month in January 2020 to extend my global The People street-studio series to south Asia. India is one of the great, image-rich travel photography destinations, and it appears to be on many photographers' travel photography wishlist. So, I thought I’d share how I planned and managed the trip.

5 Top Places to Shoot in Kolkata, a 400-Year-Old Indian City

Since time immemorial, the majority of street photographers among us chase a singular objective when they walk out with their cameras: chaos. There are, of course, exceptions to this generalization. But the most happening places mostly always give us the maximum to work with.

Landscape Hunting at 18,000 Feet: Photos of North Sikkim, India

Landscape photography is as much about photography as it is about travel. I believe it would not be very outlandish of me to assume that for most of us, our hunt for stunning landscape images began at some moment of epiphany, in some corner of the planet, when some awe-inspiring vista was rude enough to make us realize how underprepared we were to photograph such a scene in all of its glory.

Woodland Photography In and Around the Indian Town of Pelling

Pelling is a town in the Himalayan state of Sikkim in India. It is surrounded by green lands, and white peaks are visible not very far away from here. The green lands on the mountain slopes had always called for woodland photography. With the Sun shining brightly, we went to have some fun in the woods during our stay at Pelling.

Goecha La: The Himalayan Trek in India to the Third Highest Peak

The Dzongri - Goecha La trek takes you to the base camp of the third highest mountain peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga. This trek lies in the western side of the Indian state of Sikkim, which lies in the eastern part of the country just adjacent to Nepal.

India Orders Online Photos Critical of Pandemic Response Removed

India is in the midst of what is being described as a "devastating" wave of Covid-19 cases across the country which caused a large influx of social media posts critical of the government's response. Hundreds of posts were ordered to be removed by India's government, which are now blocked in the country.

See the Rarely-Photographed Beauty of Winter in Ladakh, India

Venkitesh Ramachandran is a photographer and IT professional based in India who noticed very few images of the Ladakh region of India are widely shared, and even fewer that feature the beauty of its winter months, likely due to the harshness of the climate which can get as cold as -18 degrees Celcius.

Climbers Banned From Mt. Everest for Faking Photo

Two Indian climbers have been banned from attempting to climb Mount Everest or any other mountain in Nepal for 10 years after an investigation revealed they faked the images used to acquire the certification from the Nepalese government.

Telephoto Street Photography in India

Before my recent trip to India, I had a lot of conflicting thoughts regarding the gear I wanted to take. My entire purpose for traveling was to make photographs, so I wanted to shape my kit into the most efficient setup possible.

Shooting a Tourism Campaign in Kerala, India

I’m on the bow of the boat, bag over my camera, when the rain falls. We’re drifting over Alleppey’s backwaters, fed by the Arabian Sea and 38 rivers from across Kerala, southern India. 900km of waterways connect to each other, irrigating rice paddy fields and forming a natural human ecosystem built by the hands of India’s people in kinship to the surrounding landscape. It is a testament to the power of human nature -- to live in accordance with the land and its diverse inhabitants.

Photographing the Fake Holy Men of Varanasi, India

"Where should we go?" Melissa, my girlfriend, was trying to narrow down what seemed like a mountain of possibilities-places that were worthy of exploration. After a month of repeating that same question a million times, we finally settled on India.

Portraits of the Konyak ‘Headhunter’ Tribe in India

When we think of tribes, the first thing that comes to our mind is, “what did those tribesmen and women believe in?” “What were their customs and beliefs?” That’s what I asked about the Konyak tribe that was nestled in Nagaland, India, in regard to the famous headhunters.

The Ethics of Photographing Slums

My eyes are filled with tears because of the smoke. The plastic particles in the air are irritating my lungs. I'm climbing this mountain with my two friends.

Portraits of Rajasthan: Photographing Villagers in India

Driving through the cities and villages of Rajasthan provides for an intimate view of rural India. The sun-drenched countryside is dotted with a resilient vegetation common to drier, desert, climates. Villagers, mixed in with cows, herds of goats and the odd camel, walk the long stretches of roads between villages, pausing for rest under the sparse shade of Khejri trees. This is a part of the tourist trail that is rarely seen.