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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JAN 19th, 2019
Empower+Elevate Panelist: Join Saunak at Seven House New York on Saturday, January 19th where you'll get access to creatives who are killing it in the industry: Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty, Leo Chan of Levitate Style, Saunak Shah of Pursuit of Portraits, and more! RSVP HERE >
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, 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 New York City.
The Curator Mag; “Connecting Continents, Portraying Pursuits: An Interview with Saunak Shah” – November 2018
The Photographer Academy; “Pursuit in Vietnam: A Spotlight” – October 2018
Carpe Bloom; “The Man behind the Pursuit” – August 2018
The Creative Live Blog; “10 Out-of-the-Ordinary Portrait Photographers to Follow on Instagram” – March 15, 2018
PhotoShelter; “Why This Portrait Photography Community is Only Getting Bigger” – February 2018
About.com Travel; “How @saunakspace Captures Wonder in the World” – November 2017
Becoming Daily – “Podcast; “Ep. 31 Saunak Shah – by Will & Imani” – September 2017
HomeGrown; “The stories of 15 inspired young Indians who chose their dreams over stability” – February 2017
Aésthetist; “A conversation on the photography, the importance of the moment, and the power of art” – June 2016
Baker+Brown Co; “Pursuit of Portraits” – January 2016
KeepSnap; “Interviewing Saunak Shah: Sense of Place and Existentialism in Photography” – September 2015
IN THE NEWS
PR Newswire; “The Global Pursuit with Photographer and Founder of Pursuit of Portraits” – October 2018
The Fox Magazine; “Saunak Shah travels 21+ countries in 1 year to defy barriers between virtual & in-person connections” – October 2018
Tumblr x NYFW; “Tumblr sends 9 creators to cover New York Fashion Week” – Sept 2017
The Monocle Muse; “NamaSlay NYC; A project by creatives of the South East Asian community ” – June 2017
Lomography x PoP; “Pursuit of Portraits partners with Lomography to celebrate National Film Day” – April 2017
PoP x Tumblr; “Five Tumblr photographers take over various rooms of W's Union Square” – February 2017
UPCOMING - RAW BROOKLYN / REFLECT: Featured photographer at RAW : New York, Brooklyn Night Bazaar, NY – March 13th 2019
Talk in Images: Featured photographer, International Center of Photography (ICP), New York, NY – May 2018
"PoP Up at the W": A Photography takeover in partnership with Tumblr x W New York, Union Square, New York, NY – February 2017
Acme Hotel: Featured photographer, Acme Gallery, Chicago, IL – Summer 2016.
Unseen NY – Chelsea Market: Featured photographer, Woodsnap, New York, NY – Summer 2015
Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Featured photographer, #MobilePhotoNow, Columbus, OH – March, 2015.
#24HourProject: Featured Photographer, Guadalajara, Mexico – Summer 2014
UPCOMING - "Ee2 - NYC" - Panelist for Empower+Elevate – January 19th 2019
“Portfolio Reviewer” for NYC FotoWorks – 2016 - 2017
"Finding your NonProfits Visual Story" Panelist for Gram for a Cause – December 2015
"The City Exposed" - Curator for a 360 photography exhibition at Wunderman, NY – Summer 2015
@PursuitofPortraits - Lead Curator – 2015 to Present
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