Sohrab Hura (born 17 October 1981) is an Indian photographer based in New Delhi. He is a full member of Magnum Photos
. Hura's self-published trilogy Sweet Life
comprises the books Life is Elsewhere
(2015), A Proposition for Departure
(2017) and Look It's Getting Sunny Outside!!!
(2018); the latter was shortlisted for Photobook of the Year in the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. He has also self-published The Coast
(2019) and The Levee
(2020). His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in London and in Kolkata, India.
Hura was born in Chinsurah, West Bengal, India. He attended The Doon School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand and has a masters in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He began making photographs during college with a Nikon
FM10 given to him by his father. He is now based in New Delhi, India.
Hura's Sweet Life
trilogy of books focuses on his relationship with his mother, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1999, when he was 17 years old. The trilogy's Life Is Elsewhere
was made between 2005 and 2011, and Look It's Getting Sunny Outside!!!
was made between 2008 and 2014.
In 2011 The British Journal of Photography
included Hura in its "Ones to Watch."
He became a nominee member of Magnum Photos in 2014 (the second Indian photographer to become a nominee member) an Associate member in 2018, and a full member in 2020. Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian
, included Hura's The Lost Head and the Bird
exhibition in his "The top 10 photography exhibitions of 2017"
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, Lausanne 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
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.