Saunak Shah is an Indian-born, New York City-based portrait photographer and graphic designer. Saunak is the Founder of Pursuit of Portraits, a meeting place and online platform to connect portrait photography enthusiasts globally. With over 10 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 scale, sense of place, minimalism and identity. He quit his full-time job as Global Associate Design Director at IBM iX to lead the Global Pursuit over 1 year to 5 continents over 21+ countries with Pursuit of Portraits.

Saunak has worked with Land Rover, Adobe, Citibank, Huawei Mobile, Cadillac, Tumblr, W Hotels, Kimo Sabe Mezcal, Triumph Hotels, 66 North, Scotch & Soda, Fujifilm, Stutterheim, Nokia, HP, Patron, Palladium Boots, Creative Live, AdoramaPix, ADYN, Hex, Daniel Wellington, JBL to name a few as part of social initiatives, community engagement, content creation and visual storytelling.


  • Panel Speaker at Photo Shelter on "All things Instagram" – January 2017

  • Curator at "PoP Up at the W"; a photography takeover at W New York Union Square in partnership with Pursuit of Portraits – February 2017

  • Resident Panelist for portfolio reviews for NYC FotoWorks.

  • Panel Speaker at Gram for a Cause on "Finding your NonProfits Visual Story" – December 2015

  • Lead Curator for "The City Exposed", a 360 photography exhibition at Wunderman, NY – Summer 2015

  • Lead Curator for @PursuitofPortraits.


  • PR Newswire; The Global Pursuit with Photographer and Founder of Pursuit of Portraits – October 2018

  • The Photographer Academy; the big photo e-zine / Featured Photographer in Pursuit in Vietnam; a Spotlight – October 2018

  • The Creative Live Blog; 10 Out-of-the-Ordinary Portrait Photographers to Follow on Instagram

  • 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


  • Solo Exhibition - “The Global Pursuit” with Pursuit of Portraits at Lab1, Bogota, Colombia – October 27th 2018

  • Talk in Images: International Center of Photography, New York – May 2018

  • "PoP Up at the W"; a Photography takeover over at W New York, Union Square in partnership with Pursuit of Portraits – February 2017

  • Acme Hotel, Chicago as part of the Acme InstaGallery – Summer 2016.

  • Chelsea Market, New York as part of a collaboration with Woodsnap in an exhibition titled "Unseen NY". – Summer 2015

  • Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio as part of #MobilePhotoNow – March, 2015.

  • #24HourProject, Guadalajara, Mexico – Summer 2014


  • Read Interview on The Photographer Academy; the largest European photography training company.

  • Listen to PodCast by The Becoming Shop; inspiring people to become better versions of themselves

  • Read Interview on PhotoShelter; a leading resource for photographers and photo industry news.

  • Read Interview on Aésthetist; a conceptual magazine investigating global culture & style.

  • Read Interview on Umano; a fashion brand founded in Athens, GA on a mission to unleash creativity.

  • Read Interview on About.com Travel; an online resource on the latest in travel and social photography.

  • Read Interview on Baker+Brown Co; an organization that's continually transforming ideas into reality.

  • Read Interview on KeepSnap; one of the fastest-growing networks of independent photographers.

  • Read Interview on CreateNYC; a non-profit project about Entrepreneurs of New York.

  • Read Interview on HomeGrown; an online resource to young India's route to their roots and beyond