Sudharak Olwe

Sudharak Olwe is a social documentary photographer based in Mumbai. Since 1988, he has documented heart-rending stories and issues from...

In Search of Dignity and Justice

In 1972, photographer Nick Ut took a picture in Vietnam of a naked young girl running from napalm bombing of her village - naked, because the clothes had been burned off her back. This picture exposed the horror of the war, and triggered the conscience of swathes of the American public, leading to massive anti-war protests and public outcry. A year later, America's involvement in the war ended.

Certainly not all stories of photographic impact are equally dramatic. But pictures, we know, speak a thousand words. So how does a photographer to speak to society's conscience through his photography?

We are delighted to invite Sudharak Olwe - social documentary photographer - to Mumbai Local, to share with us his photostories, documenting heart-rending stories and issues from around India. From his documentation of the lives of conservancy workers, to the red light district of Kamathipura to atrocities against women first in Maharashtra and now also in Gujarat, he has made it his work to make visible the conditions of lives we either do not see or tend to turn away from. The Garima project of the Tata Trust is one effort created in response to his moving photographs.

Look forward to an evening with deeply moving photography, a committed photographer, and conversation kindled by our responses to the images we see.

Curated by Bishakha Datta

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Sudharak Olwe is a social documentary photographer based in Mumbai. Since 1988, he has documented heart-rending stories and issues from around India. Starting out as press photographer in the city with leading newspapers such as Indian Express, Times of India and making a mark for himself in photojournalism, he then moved towards travel and documenting stories of courage and change throughout the country. In 2016, Sudharak was conferred the Padma Shri, India's 4th Highest Civilian Award by the President of India.

Born on March 19, 1966 in Akola, Maharashtra, Olwe moved to Mumbai shortly after high school. Passing out of Xavier's Institute of Communication and having studied at the JJ School of Arts,he joined the Free Press Journal in 1989 as a press photographer. 

Sudharak's photography is that of empathy. It is a journey into the unseen perspective of the human condition. His photography cuts across all barriers and presents to you a moving story of individuals and communities.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
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