"For the person that I am, I cannot afford to try and have authorship over any language over time because I don’t think I’m capable of surviving that repetition and this strong feeling within me of one’s photography being destroyed by one being a photographer has provided me a lifeline. I have to try and just survive for as long as I can"

- Sohrab Hura

b. 1981

Indian

Based in New Delhi, India

Associate

Available for commissions
& assignments

Sohrab Hura’s vivid, sometimes surreal photography explores his position with the world that he exists in. Though Hura initially worked through the prism of social documentary, he soon turned his strong vision inward, creating visual journals of his life and personal relationships as a means to “find his own logic”.

Hura was born on 17th October 1981 in a small town called Chinsurah in West Bengal, India. He grew up with many varied career ambitions but eventually settled on photography, after completing his Masters in Economics at the Delhi School of Economics.

His first projects, The River (a series that explores three cities along the river Ganges and its tributary) and Land of a Thousand Struggles (which followed a grassroots movement in rural India that led to an important social security act), were made simultaneously in 2005-06. Though both were made with auspicious intentions, Hura later decided to turn his back on this kind social documentary work and instead focus on issues which reflected his personal experience.

Hura’s work has been shown in exhibitions around the world. Upcoming exhibitions include The Levee at Cincinnati Art Museum, The Lost Head & The Bird at True/False Film Festival: Columbia Missouri and La Fete Du Slip, Laussane and Snow at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge UK—all in 2019. He has published three books to date: Life is Elsewhere (2015),  A Proposition For Departure (2017), Look It’s Getting Sunny Outside!!! (2018) with the fourth, The Coast, being published this year.

He is currently working on a series called SNOW, which looks at Kashmir through the prism of the arrival and melting of snow across the three phases of winter.

Hura is currently based in New Delhi, India. He joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2014 and became an associate in 2018.

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The Levee

Sohrab Hura
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Past Course
, UK

Creativity Works: Visual Storytelling with Magnum Photos

Sohrab Hura
Oct 24 - Dec 7 · Fully booked · Free

Theory & Practice

Sohrab Hura and the Shape of Water

Sohrab Hura

Past Pop UP
London, United Kingdom

The Medium is the Message: Magnum Pop-Up at the Barbican Centre

Magnum Photographers
Jun 24 - 30 · Free

Theory & Practice

The Coast

Sohrab Hura

The Coast

Sohrab Hura
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Past Workshop
London, UK

Alternative Approaches: Masterclass with Antoine d’Agata and Sohrab Hura

Magnum Photographers
Jun 22 - 24

Theory & Practice

Sohrab Hura on his Dilemmas Photographing the Marginalized

Sohrab Hura

Theory & Practice

The Lost Head & the Bird

Sohrab Hura

Past Screening
Tokyo , Japan

Sohrab Hura Screening at Image Forum Festival, Tokyo

Sohrab Hura
Aug 9 - 10

Past Screening
Kyoto ,

Sohrab Hura Screening at Image Forum Festival, Kyoto

Sohrab Hura
Aug 22 2018

Past Screening
Nagoya, Japan

Sohrab Hura Screening at the Image Forum Festival, Nagoya

Sohrab Hura
Sep 30 2018

Past Screening
Jakarta,

Sohrab Hura Screening at Arkipel Film Festival

Sohrab Hura
Aug 12 2018

Past Book Signing
Paris, France

Book Signing with Magnum Photographers in Paris

Magnum Photographers
Jun 21 2018

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The Magnum Digest: April 13, 2018

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Past Exhibition
Houston, United States

Sohrab Hura at FotoFest 2018

Sohrab Hura
Until Apr 22, 2018

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Magnum Digest: Friday, November 24, 2017

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Listening to Photographs

Sohrab Hura