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NITIN MADHAV

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I was fortunate to travel as a young child, I was struck by the disparity between the haves and the have nots. As I matured, these early life experiences led me to embark on a path of helping others through international development and public health.

My love of photography blossomed while backpacking in Bhutan with a manual Minolta borrowed from my mother. After finishing school, I went to Peshawar, Pakistan, to work in the Afghan refugee camps, armed with my first Nikon FM2 and 36 rolls of Kodachrome 64. Here, I discovered that it was possible to engage with people — despite a lack of a common language — and preserve the moment through photography.

Since my twenties I’ve worked in countries struggling to recover from conflict, using photography to articulate the human condition. During the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, I was severely wounded by gunfire, but have not been deterred by the lingering effects of related injuries. Since then, my travels have taken me around the world, allowing me to accumulate a moving record of faces and places in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Oceania.

Recent trips have opened exciting photographic opportunities to:

* Visit tribal lands in the south of Ethiopia where indigenous people still practise various forms of body decoration

* Document the mating ceremonies of the Wodaabe tribe in Niger.

* Record colorful bullfights in Oman in the Arabian gulf.

* Travel to remote parts of Papua New Guinea where the indigenous practice ritual scarification.

My approach to photography involves engaging directly with potential subjects before taking photographs, always respectful of those who wish not to become subjects. I present my photos with minimal edits, so as to capture the raw beauty of the world and its people. I currently live in Washington, DC, and travel as much as my day job permits.