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NITIN MADHAV

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he was fortunate to have parents who actively explored the world. Struck by the disparity between the haves and the have-nots on these trips as a young child — he embarked on a path helping others through international development and public health, primarily in Asia.

He developed his love of photography while backpacking in Bhutan with borrowed manual Minolta from his mother. Shortly after finishing school, he travelled to Peshawar, Pakistan to work in the Afghan refugee camps, armed with his first Nikon and 36 rolls of Kodachrome 64. Here he discovered that he could engage with people — despite a lack of a common language — and preserve the moment through photography.

Since his twenties he has worked in countries struggling to recover from conflict, he wants his photography to articulate the human condition. During the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, he was severely wounded by gunfire, but his injuries have not deterred him. His travels have since taken him around the world, leaving him with thousands of pictures from around the world..

Recent trips have taken him to —

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

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

* Bullfights in Oman

He engages with people directly before taking photographs, ever respectful of those who don’t want their picture taken. Nitin presents his photos with minimal edits, so as to capture the raw beauty of the world and its people.

He currently lives in Washington, DC, and travels as much as his day job permits.