Ashima Narain

Photographer, Filmmaker

Photographer and filmmaker Ashima Narain is the former photo editor for National Geographic Traveler (India). She has covered a diverse range of topics that have sent her wading through mudflats in search of flamingos in Mumbai, hiding out in bear caves, climbing sail masts mid-sea, and documenting the conditions of sari weavers in the holy city of Varanasi. In 2017, she became the first female photographer in India to be named a Sony Artisan and TIME included her on a list of 34 women photographers from around the world to follow. Ashima is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection, and she was a judge on the first ever photography-based reality show on the National Geographic Channel (Mission Covershot). Her images have been published in National Geographic Traveler, Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, Marie Claire, and Elle. Ashima’s work is also commissioned by corporations and development agencies, including the worldwide #ShowUs campaign for Dove, Getty Images, and GirlGaze to help create a more inclusive vision of beauty, as well as Disney’s Dream Big Princess campaign to help raise a million dollars for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up. From her ancestral home in the narrow gullies of Chandni Chowk of Old Delhi to her current home base in Mumbai, Ashima has traveled extensively throughout India. She documented the Maharajas of Jodhpur and Udaipur in their luxurious palaces for a book called Dining with the Maharajas; shot the forts of Chittaurgarh and Jaisalmer for a guidebook on India; and photographed from Agra and Jaipur to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park and beyond. Ashima enjoys sharing her insights on photography with travelers.