Saunak Shah is an Indian-born, New York City-based portrait photographer and art director. Saunak is the Founder of Pursuit of Portraits, a New York City-based collective that represents diverse global creators. 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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Saunak has worked with Land Rover, Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Citibank, OPPO Mobile, 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 to provide visual design, integrated marketing, community engagement, content creation and photography, social strategy, consulting and storytelling. Saunak is available for freelance projects 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