Gauri Gill, ‘Balika Mela #13’, 2003-printed 2010, Nature Morte

About Gauri Gill

Photographer Gauri Gill focuses on marginalized, rural, and diasporic Indian communities, producing sensitive portraits of their members. Inspired by such iconic photographers as August Sander, Alfred Stieglitz, and Robert Frank, Gill travels across India and abroad, learning about the people she photographs, in series she likens to family albums. For The Americans (2000-07), which takes its title from Frank’s epic photographic journey across the U.S., Gill took her own trip to America, documenting Indian-Americans in their homes, at work, and at leisure in communities around the country. Among her more intimate works is Birth Series (2005), a photo essay that captures a rural midwife’s delivery of her own granddaughter with tender matter-of-factness. A champion of her medium, Gill is co-founder and co-editor of Camerawork Delhi (launched 2006), a photography journal published in the spirit of Stieglitz’s groundbreaking Camera Work (1903-17).

Indian, b. 1970, Chandigarh, India, based in New Delhi, India