sudharak olwe

Sudharak Olwe has been a Mumbai-based photojournalist since 1988 and has worked as a press photographer with some of the leading newspapers in India. Sudharak has travelled the length and breadth of this nation and seen first hand some incredible stories of resilience, courage and change. He has worked in tandem with many NGOs presenting their extraordinary work with both rural and urban communities.

In 2016, Sudharak was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s 4th Highest Civilian Award by the President of India.

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.

2014 "11 Street Kamathipura", Jehangir Art Gallery
2013 "At the threshold" at Delhi photo festival
2010 "2 FotoBookFestival", Kassel, Germany
2010 "Dharavi", Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Mumbai
2009 "Coloured Worlds", Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2009 "Positive Life" , Dhaka Chobi Mela, Bangladesh
2008 "Changing space", Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Mumbai
2008 "New Stories Book release", World Press Photo, Amsterdam
2008 "Gefarbte Welten", Rathaus, Stuttgart, Germany
2008 "Plattform 5", Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
2007 "Changing life, NFI completes 15 years" , Habitat Center, Delhi
2006 "India in it colors and vibrancy", Tokyo, Japan
2006 Angkor Photography Festival, Ankor, Kambodia
2005 "Confluence of Dreams" Artist Centre, Mumbai
2005 All Roads Photographers Show at National Geographic, in Washington DC and Los Angeles, USA
2004 "In serach of dignity and justice", Noorderlichtfestival, Amsterdam
2003 World Press Photo Exhibition, Amsterdam
2002 Chobi Mela III, Dhaka ,Bangladesh
2001 Photography exhibition of the life of conservancy worker, Malmo public library,Malmo,Sweden
2001 Photography exhibition of the life of conservancy worker, Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Mumbai
1999 Photography exhibition of the life of conservancy workers, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
1991 Group Show, Centre for Photography as an Art form, by The Afternoon Dispatch & Courier, Mumbai
1990 Group Exhibitions organized by the Indian Express, Piramal Gallery, Centre for Photography as an Art form, Mumbai
Achievements, Book Releases, Fellowships
2016 Awarded the Padma Shri, India’s 4th Highest Civilian Award by the President of India
2015 Speaker at TedX Mumabi, NCPA
2015 The book on conservancy workers 'In Search of Dignity and Justice' with a foreword by Mr. Ratan N. Tata was launched by the Brihan Mumbai Corporation Commissioner (BMC) along with the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
2014 The book on Raj Bhavans of Maharashtra :Raj Bhavans of Maharashtra - Witness To Glory"
2006 Participated at an exhibition 'India in Colour and its vibrancy' for Indian photographers at the photography society of Japan as part of the festival on India in Japan. Was as one of the 23 photographers to participate in the 'Another Asia' Exhibition for photographers from South and South-East Asia at Noorderlicht festival at Fries museum, Leeuwarden, in Netherlands.
2005 All Roads Photographers Award from National Geographic
2004 Published first book "Spirited Souls: Winning Women of Mumbai" and was honored with the prestigious 'All Roads Photographers Award' from National Geographic Society.
2004 Chosen by Manfrotto as their brand ambassador for my work on Conservancy workers and exhibited and cataloged by them to create social awareness.
2003 Selected for World Press Photo seminar
2001 Work was published in the 'World Press Photo: New Stories' a part of the United Nations 'Millennium Development Goals'
2000 WRecipient of the National Foundation Media Fellowship in India