Born 1966 in Mumbai/India.
Sudharak Olwe is an Indian social documentary photographer. His extensive body of work – produced over the last three decades – is well known for its uncannily intimate portraits of those who are being marginalized and disparaged by mainstream society.
His work includes documentation of atrocities on Dalits, a series of exhibitions and books on Mumbai’s conservancy workers, intimate stories from the lives in Kamathipura – Mumbai’s seedy red light district, a sensitive journey of the women survivors of domestic violence and revolutionary stories of the midwifery in Jharkhand. He has also served at prominent and principal positions at the photography departments in various leading newspapers, including Times of India, DNA and Lokmat. His work has been published in various international publications including Indes France, Zeit, London Times, Harper Bazaar, EPA etc.
Sudharak has exhibited in numerous art galleries, art festivals and institutions, and his exhibitions were well received in Sweden, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, USA, Cambodia, Japan, and Germany. He was one of the four awardees for the National Geographic’s All Roads Photography Award and in 2017 he received the Gabriel Grüner fellowship. In 2016, Sudharak Olwe was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, by the President of India in recognition of his valuable and tireless work.
In 2005, Sudharak Olwe founded the Photography Promotion Trust. The non-profit organisation aims at using the skills of photography to create a long lasting change in the lives of socially marginalized communities and to create social documentary photography.