Samyukta Lakshmi is a photojournalist based in Bangalore, India.  Her work focuses on vulnerable communities, social inequality, human rights issues and climate change. She is a graduate of the Documentary and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography, New York. Her work has been published in the The New York Times, Der Spiegel, BBC, Bloomberg, Quartz, Business Insider USA, MIT Review Magazine, Caravan, Grazia, Yahoo Finance, Deccan Herald. She has also worked for UNIS (United Nations International School), PROOF: Media for Social Justice, Intel, Blue Card, and Happy Camera Club.


  • People and Place, Flow Photo Fest, Scotland, 2017
  • Screening of Taxi, JAPF, Varanasi 2016
  • Unearthed: Stories of Courage in the Face of Sexual      Violence in India/ The Rape in India Project, The India  Habitat Center, New Delhi 2015
  • Screening of Taxi, Documentary Arts Asia Gallery, F/28    Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2015
  • Elective Affinities, The International Center of Photography,  New York 2014
  • Magnum Mentorship show, Singapore International  Photography Festival, The Art house, Singapore 2012
  • Healing begins in the Garden- Open Show, Bangalore 2011
  • Picturing Power and Potential, SFAC Gallery, San Francisco  2010
  • Group Show- The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, Paros  Greece 2008
  • Expressions – Time and Space Art Gallery, Bangalore, India  2008

Awards/Scholarship - 

  • Winner, Flow Photofest Open Competition 2017
  • Honorable Mention, Moscow International Foto Awards  2014
  • Selected Participant for the Magnum Mentorship Program  with Jacob Aue Sobol in collaboration with The Singapore  International Photo Festival, Singapore 2012
  • John Van Buren Endowment Scholarship 2008


  • The International Center of Photography, New York 2014 One Year Documentary and Photojournalism Program
  • Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine 2010 Photography Residency
  • The Aegean Center for The Fine Arts, Greece/ Italy 2008 Black and White Silver Photography, Digital Photography,  Art of the Italian Renaissance, Classical Art and Literature,  and Basic Drawing 
  • M.P Birla Institute of Management, Bangalore, India 2004  MBA
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