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Nipun Prabhakar

Independent photographer, interested in Intersections of Documentary, Built environment and Photojournalism.



On-going long term photo-documentary project on the nomadic pastoralist tribes of western and central India for Living Lightly exhibition. The focus is on migration, boundaries, and the impact of climate change. Find out more about Living lightly here.


The doors of Kathmandu. Ongoing photo+book project.


Muzaffarnagar post-riot rehabilitation. Ongoing photo project since 2015. Find more about this here.


When the nuns lifted the shovel, a story of rebuilding lives and houses in the Bakhang nunnery after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.


Things that we don't want to see. Photo essay on urban Dumpyards in the city of Bhuj, Kutch. Its the same story in all the major cities. 


Documenting the Ajrakh natural dye block printing process for World renowned block printer. Sufiyan Khatri.


The magic show. Read more about it here


Street: Fleeting moments in everyday life.


Under the Shade of moon. A project for the government of Madhya Pradesh, 2014.

Selected Talks/lectures:

A window to the doors of Kathmandu
Cornell University, SAP, Oct 2019
Doors of Kathmandu:
Onondaga Community College, Oct 2019
Fostering open cultures: Photography
IIM Ahmedabad, ICCG 4, Jan 2019
Storytelling in Architecture photography
IIT Roorkee, 2017

Nipun Prabhakar is a photographer based in Kutch. He is currently working on a commissioned project with the nomadic pastoralist communities of India, documenting their lives in the context of migration, climate change, conflicts, and displacement. He is a trained Architect and has worked with various South Asian communities dealing with disasters and conflicts. His thesis on the rehabilitation of the riot-hit community in Muzaffarnagar won him a national award by the Council of Architecture and Tamayouz International award for the best graduation project.  Nipun has been engaged in multiple rehabilitation projects in Nepal which also involved him extensively documenting public spaces and architectural heritage. He has since worked on photo essays for various development organizations.  His work has been featured on ArchDaily, Speak Magazine, Hindustan Times, and exhibited at multiple group shows in Mumbai and Delhi. He was a recipient of the Berkeley Essay Prize 2014 and is the Cornell South Asian Fellow for 2019.

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Tribal Museum, Ministry of Culture, Madhya Pradesh


LLDC Museum, Kutch

Hindustan Times (Editorial)

Russian Centre for Science and culture

Living Lightly Exhibition


Homes in the city, (Curry-Stone Foundation)

Hunnarshala Foundation


Shrujan​: threads of life.


Sufiyan Khatri, Master block printer.

Selected exhibitions:
Elle decor group show

Mahalakshmi, Mumbai, 2018

Living Lightly Exhibition

Mill owners association building, Ahmadabad



Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Delhi


Serendipity Arts Festival (group)

Goa, 2017


State Museum, Bhopal, M.P


Delhi Photography Club group exhibition,
India Habitat Centre 2013