Saunak Shah is an Indian-born, New York City-based portrait photographer and art director. Saunak is the Founder of Pursuit of Portraits, a meeting place and online platform to connect portrait photography enthusiasts globally. With over 13 years in the advertising industry, Saunak has fueled his professional life as an Art Director using photography as a medium for self-expression. His work focuses on the underlying narrative of people and the environments they live in and largely surround themes around sense of place, people of color, fashion and identity.

Saunak recently led the Global Pursuit over 1 year to 5 continents and over 21+ countries with Pursuit of Portraits.

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MAR 13th, 2019
RAW BROOKLYN / REFLECT: Join Saunak at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Greenpoint for an evening of photography, music, performance and artistry in a show put together by RAW Brooklyn. RSVP HERE >


Saunak has worked with Land Rover, Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Citibank, Huawei Mobile, One Plus, Fujifilm USA, Nokia, Cadillac, Tumblr, W Hotels, 66 North, Scotch & Soda, Kimo Sabe Mezcal & A&P Fresh to name a few as part of visual design, integrated marketing, community engagement, content creation, consulting and storytelling. Saunak is available for projects (local & international) and is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York.






  • Pursuit of Portraits Magazine; a print biannual of portrait photography // Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director – Fall 2016

  • LIFE on Instagram; a photography annual published by Penguin Books, U.K // Contributing Photographer– Fall 2016

  • MusoTrees; a Kuala Lumpur-based print publication on journey and destination // Contributing Writer and Photographer (Volume 2) – Spring 2016