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Danish Siddiqui

India’s leading photojournalists, share the iconic photographs of their careers in tribute to their slain colleague, Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui. Siddiqui, one of the top photojournalists of his generation was killed on duty in Kandahar in Afghanistan on 16 July 2021. He was covering the clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban.

His extraordinary life and career as a photojournalist had many landmark moments. His photograph of a gun wielding right wing extremist threatening to shoot peacefully protesting students went viral across the world. Siddiqui won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, along with his team, for his documentation of the Rohingya refugees. His recent images of India’s Covid-19 crisis had the world sit up and take notice. Till the day he was injured, and eventually killed, Siddiqui was sharing images from the heart of the violence in Afghanistan. Siddiqui’s promising life was cut short in a brutal way. However, his legacy lives on.

This photo exhibition is a tribute project helmed by SabrangIndia, in association with Brihanmumbai Union of Journalists. On display are rare images shot by leading Indian documentary photographers including Prashant Panjiar, Vijay Pandey, Faisal Khan, Sudhakar Olwe, SabrangIndia archives. Images range from across India, documenting history as it unfolded in, Kashmir, Bombay (now Mumbai), Gujarat, Delhi and elsewhere. The rare photographs document communal violence, breaking news, humanitarian crises, and tell the story without sensationalism. The photographers are witnesses to history, and storytellers who have often risked their own lives, just so that the truth can be told.

Photos Worth a Thousand Words

Prashant Panjiar

Prashant Panjiar, one of India’s most well known photographers is self-taught. He has worked as a photojournalist and editor in mainstream media at Patriot newspaper, India Today, Outlook Group and since 2001 he has been working as an independent photographer, editor and curator, specialising in reportage, editorial and documentary photography. His work has been published in leading international and national publications. The exclusive images he shares here are from his forthcoming book “That Which Is Unseen”, published by Navjivan Trust.read less...read more

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The body of Vijay Thamke (45), a farmer from Sonbardi village who committed suicide, lies on the ground as his funeral pyre is prepared nearby. Thamke, had a three acre fruit farm, the crop began to fail over two years of drought. Unable to cope he stopped paying the installments of his six-year old crop loan. Pressed for cash for the family's daily needs and worried that he would not be able to get his daughters married, he began drinking and finally killed himself after a binge of alcohol laced with pesticide on March 27, 2010.
Location: Maharashtra / Yavatmal District / Pandharkawada Tehsil / March 28, 2010

After a night-shift, a coal miner returns home through the Lodna Fire Area. The Jharia coal mines area, mostly inhabited by poor tribals, has been smouldering with underground mine fires for several decades now.
Location: Jharia, Jharkhand. 1999, the photo first appeared in Outlook

Phool Devi, a midwife, demonstrates how unwanted female infants are killed.
Location: Katihar, Bihar. 1995.

Sudhakar Olwe

Sudharak Olwe, was awarded the Padma Shri, India's 4th Highest Civilian Award by the President of India in 2016. He has been a photojournalist since 1988, and has documented heart-rending stories, social, political, cultural issues from across India. His work His documentation in black and white, of the 1992-1993 violence that ripped through Bombay, now Mumbai, shows the human wounds that communalism results in. Each photo, a story and a history lesson in itself.read less...read more

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Vijay Pandey

Vijay Pandey, is a documentary photographer based in New Delhi, India. As a photojournalist he has worked for VICE.com, Outlook Group and Tehelka Magazine among others, extensively reporting from across the country, documenting news as it broke and developed. He has documented events from Naxal zones, natural disasters such as floods of the northern hills, political events, protests such as the ongoing farmers struggle and most recently the devastation that marked Covid-19. His work as an independent journalist appears in many national and international publications.read less...read more

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A mother cradles her malnutritioned child in Kothagudem village of Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, India. Malnutrition is rampant in these parts, followed by malaria and skin infections. This area is a conflict zone, said to be a Maoist stronghold, and the villages here never get any benefits of the government’s nutrition and vaccination programmes.

Young gun SPO Ram Kishan claims he is 18 but his friends say he is only 15 years old. Around 1200 young women and men, many of them, in fact, seemingly still in their teens, were paid Rs 2,150 a month and used as frontline boots on the ground.

The day after. A mother escorts her children on a street that continues to be encrusted with the evidence of the violence that raged in the neighbourhood not long ago.
Location: Delhi

The mother of Mohammed Hashim (17), mourns as she bids goodbye to her son for the last time. Her sons Mohammed Amir, 30, and Mohammed Hashim were killed by a mob on Feb 26. They were killed close to their home during the Delhi riots. Their bodies were found in the drain the next day.
Location: Delhi

The burnt house of Qasim Master in Quatbi village is all that was left. The riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts left thousands homeless… many are yet to recover from the losses.

Saurabh Kumar

Saurabh Kumar is a Multimedia journalist, and Documentary Filmmaker from Mumbai, Maharashtra. He co-founded Opia Films, an independent production house and works as a researcher, director, producer, and editor to create short nonfiction films under its banner. He is deeply involved with ‘Cinema of Resistance’ a cultural initiative that aims to increase access to cinema and art that engages with issues facing civil society. read less...read more

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Around 25 people were killed, and many injured, in a landslide that devastated a locality in New Bharat Nagar, Chembur in June 2021. The landslide was reportedly triggered by intense rainfall. The victims were trapped under houses that collapsed due to landslides following heavy rains that had lashed Mumbai. Here, local volunteers join hands with rescue teams, to help clear debris.

Gasping for breath: One of the worst health disasters in recent times, exposed a fragile medical infrastructure. On one hand, healthcare workers toiled long hours to help save as many lives as possible, but on the other, there was a major shortfall of oxygen supply, ventilators, hospital beds, ambulances and medication.

Covid-19 Warriors: Doctors, nurses, ambulance staff, allied medical staff, risked their own lives to help the people in crisis when Covid-19 unleashed a deadly second wave. Those who made it to hospital were considered lucky. Many from the medical fraternity also fell prey to the virus and are hailed as 'Covid Martyrs'.

Faisal Khan

Faisal Khan is a photojournalist based in Kashmir. He has a masters degree in mass communication and journalism from Kashmir University. He has worked with many renowned organisations, his works have appeared in TIME ,New York Times, Guardian, Aljazeera, New York post, TRT and others.He has won the 3rd prize in single news category in Istanbul photo awards 2018.He currently work as a permanent freelance photojournalist with Anadolu Agency and is a staff photojournalist with local daily newspaper Kashmir Reader. read less...read more

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Eid-al-Fitr amid strict COVID-19 curfew in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA-MAY 13: Girls walk along with their mother on Eid-al-Fitr day in Srinagar,Kashmir on May 13, 2021. The Jammu and Kashmir authorities tightened COVID-19 curfew on Eid day to stop further spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Faisal Khan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Militant Killed In Kashmir Ahead Of India's Independence Day

A man stands near the damaged door of the building where according to police a militant was killed during an encounter in south Kashmir's Kulgam area, India on August 13, 2021. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range Vijay Kumar said a major tragedy has been averted before Independence Day, after a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was killed during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam.Earlier two soliders and two civilians were injured during the encounter. (Photo by Faisal Khan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Clashes In Srinagar Following The Visit Of Foreign Delegation

A female protester runs after Indian police chased the protesters in Srinagar,Kashmir on October 29, 2019. Protest and clashes were reported from many areas of Kashmir following the visit of group 27 European Lawmakers to the Kashmir valley.The delagation will access the situation across Kashmir after Indian government revoked Article 370 of its constitution which granted Kashmir autonomy. (Photo by Faisal Khan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Teenage girl among three civilians killed by Indian army in Kashmir

KASHMIR, INDIA - JULY 07: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image depicts death) A relative of a civilian, who was killed by Indian army, mourns during her funeral in Kashmir, India on July 07, 2018. Three civilians were killed after Indian army opened fire on civilians. (Photo by Faisal Khan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Bombay Riots

Even after it became apparent that the leaders of the Shiv Sena were active in stoking the fire of the communal riots, the police dragged their feet on the facile and exaggerated assumption that if such leaders were arrested the communal situation would further flare up, or to put it in the words of then Chief Minister, Sudhakarrao Naik, “Bombay would burn”; not that Bombay did not even burn otherwise. — Report of the Justice B.N. Srikrishna Commission on the Mumbai riots of 1992–1993, from SabrangIndia archives. read less...read more

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Bombay Riots / Damning Verdict

Bombay Riots

Bombay Riots

Jayanta Saha

Damning Verdict

Jayanta Saha / The Sunday Observer

Hemant Shirodkar

Hoshi Jal / The Times of India

Santosh Bane / The Times of India

Jayanta Saha / The Sunday Observer

Sherwin Crasto / The Independent

Bombay Riots

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Masrat Zahra

Masarat Zahra, was awarded the prestigious Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award given by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). She is the first woman photojournalist from Kashmir to have won such a prestigious international award. She has survived multiple levels of targeting, and was even booked under the stringent UAPA, for her work. read less...read more

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A woman protester

A woman protester applied salt on her face, to protect herself from the teargas smoke during clashes that erupted after Friday prayers in Kashmir.


Mysar, 28, sustained pellet injuries during the protest in Kashmiri's Soura area on August 30, 2019.


A young girl walks in front of the damaged house of the poet Madhosh Balhami house which was destroyed in a gun battle between Indian forces and militants.


A Kashmiri woman protesting in Srinagar,Kashmir.

Uttam Ghosh

Uttam Ghosh is a senior photographer and artist. He is a graduate of the Sir J J institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai. He worked with the Sunday Observer, 1993 to 2001, and since 2001 has been with Rediff.com,as an editorial illustrator, cartoonist, designer and photographer. read less...read more

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Harsud rally 1989, September 28

After being ousted from their homes, 30,000 citizens held a rally at Harsud, organized by over 100 environmental and social action groups and actively supported by several international organisations. It was by far the biggest ever environmental protest in the country. Social activists - Baba Amte, actress Shabana Azmi, Sunder lal Bahuguna, Kannada writer Shivram Karanth and saint-politician Swami Agnivesh (not in the picture) participated. The protest against "destructive development" attracted attention from all parts of the globe and firmly placed the obscure town of Harsud in Madhya Pradesh on the international environmental map. Harsud was at once a symbol and a show of strength. The town was symbolically selected since it would soon be submerged under the largest man-made lake in the world - a result of the controversial Narmada valley project


Primary health centre in Churni, Chikaldhara taluka, Amravati district, north Maharashtra, circa 2008. The child was shivering. It could hardly breathe and was wheezing. The doctor decided to put the baby in an incubator. Before placing the infant inside, he switched the incubator on to check it, cleaned it with a dirty cloth and carried the three-month-old baby to be placed inside. Just then the electricity failed. Dr Khan did not flinch, he put the child on a bed, grabbed the shawl the baby's mother was wearing and wrapped the child in it. Since April 1 to August, 2008, 117 children have died of malnutrition and 51 neo natal babies have died in the Melghat area in Amravati district in rural Maharashtra.

Kandhamal circa 2009

A church damaged in the violence in Kandhamal. In the violence following the murder, some 41 lives, majority of them Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Christians, were lost. The repercussions remained eight months later when we went to the Raikia relief camp where some 200 people were shifted from Mondakia, a majority Hindu town some 70 km from Phulbani (the district headquarters of Kandhamal).

Boy from Burkapal

The village in Burkapal was deserted but just for a few. This boy was in fear and as we neared him he immediately opened the door to his hut as if letting us in to search his house. He was in shock; maybe he had seen the violent action in front of his house, 25 jawans of the CRPF's 74th battalion were killed by the Maoists in Burkapal on April 24, 2017. Mental health of these children is something we should worry about. They are faced with violent situations everyday. Combing operations happen in the forest behind their homes and even violent attacks. They see all kinds of arms, from bazookas to Ak 47’s, security camps are walking distance.

Occupy Gateway Protest, Mumbai

The Occupy Gateway protest at the iconic Gateway of India in 2020. Mumbai came out in support of students and teachers who were attacked in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi by a masked mob, which went on a rampage for more than two hours.

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