Atul Loke

Mumbai, India


Indian, 1974

Atul is a second generation photographer. His father has worked as a photojournalist in Mumbai over the past 40 years and taught Atul the basics of his photographic skills. Atul worked with his father as a darkroom assistant for five years, developing and printing black and white film before picking up a camera himself to start photographing at the age of 15. Atul started his photographic practice in black & white but has moved to photographing predominantly in colour and now also shoots video and makes short films.

His work has been published in major international and national magazines and newspapers. Atul worked worked for various domestic newspapers and magazines in India as a staff photographer and photo editor before going freelance.

Atul is the recipient of Japan’s Young Portfolio Award (2002) and a photography fellowship for three months in Europe in 2002 to enhance his photography and photo-editing skills with renowned photographers from National Geography and Magnum Photos. With World Press Photo he took part in a series of seminars over three years in India and worked on various publications and projects.

He has been covering major national and social issues in India and the wider region and is currently working on several books and documentary projects across the country. Atul’s work has been recognised through numerous awards and his work is part a number of museum collections in Japan and Paris.

Whenever he is not shooting assignments Atul takes time out to teach and guide young photographers from across the region, sharing his knowledge of photography and work experience spanning over two decades.

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Through images and stories from 20 countries, across every continent, a collaboration between Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Panos Pictures shows the importance of adequate sanitation for women and girls.

Kusum is a widow living with HIV.

In the patriarchal communities of Western India, it is often left to the grandmothers to care for those families affected by AIDS.

‘That day, the 26th of November, will be etched in my memory.

In rural Gujarat Atul Loke found himself part of an unusual celebration as hundreds of people gathered to pay homage to Charlie Chaplin.

Every four years, Bengal’s great city erupts in football fever.