Gurinder Osan specializes in photojournalism, landscape and social documentary photography. Presently he works as Photo Editor for Press Trust of India, heading and mentoring a pan India team of many talented photographers. His previous roles include being the National Photo Editor, Hindustan Times for five years. Prior to that he worked as a frontline photographer for the Associated Press, based in Delhi, for 10 years – where his work took him from war zones to cricket stadia, natural calamities to nuanced human-interest stories that he has witnessed and photographed. He has earlier worked for BusinessWorld magazine and Indian Express newspaper as a photographer.
He has done exhaustive work in the Himalayas, documenting its glorious landscape and hardy people. He is a trained mountaineer and has also traversed the mountain ranges on his motorcycle. His freelance assignments included work for UNICEF, NGO’s, advertising agencies and direct clients.
Press Trust of India, New Delhi – Photo Editor from June 16, 2017 to present – Heads the photo operation of India’s largest news wire service, that has a pan India network of talented and committed photo-journalist. As head of the photo operation, he carries his vast experience from prior workplaces in an ongoing effort to bring transformative, institutional changes that can help raise the bar for photojournalism across India. His interventions have made the PTI find even larger space in the newspapers and media websites across India with ever improving overall quality.
Hindustan Times newspaper, New Delhi – National Photo Editor from February 2012 – May 2017. Heads a multi-location team of 53 talented staff photographers and photo-desk editors, besides an extended network of freelance contributors. Has honed HT’s photo-team, through formal and informal engagements, to be a fully professional, fully equipped and up to date unit. Has lead from the front in changing photographers’ mindsets and aligning the team towards HT’s fully integrated newsroom, that prioritizes the ‘digital first’ approach. Has pioneered setting up a central photo-desk in Delhi that serves as a hub for efficient workflow for HT’s pan-India operation. Has institutionalized photo workflow procedures that have reaped benefits not just editorially but also for the photo-archives and syndication branch of HT.
Associated Press, New Delhi – Staff Photographer February 2002 – February 2012 Played a pivotal role in AP’s coverage of major news assignments for the Asian subcontinent and beyond, for major news coverage including political, sports, general news and features. His images have found prominent display in most leading newspapers, websites and magazines worldwide. Was an active and key team member in fine-tuning the photo-desk operation for AP’s South-Asian coverage.
Independent Photographer, New Delhi – Freelancer November 1998 – January 2002 Worked for clients including UNICEF and various NGOs, photographing in the ‘documentary’ genre. He handled regular editorial assignments for magazines like Far Eastern Economic Review, Indian Design & Interiors, etc. Worked as commercial photographer for advertising agencies and direct clients on people, product and conceptual photography. He worked regularly with prominent agencies including FCB-Ulka, Ogilvy & Mather, Leo Burnett, etc. using high end large format cameras and lighting equipment to deliver the same.
BusinessWorld magazine, New Delhi – Senior Staff Photographer August 1994 – October 1998 Specialized in stylized portraiture as well as business and economy related features and photo essays.
Indian Express, New Delhi – Staff Photographer March 1991 – July 1994 Covered daily and features assignments with specialization in sports, social documentary and investigative reportage. PERSONAL PROJECTS
Himalayas – Landscape & Social Documentary photography 1987 – to present – Has pursued his personal passion for the genre of Landscape photography, traveling extensively in the Himalayas and intimately photo-documenting the poetry of these beautiful mountains. He acquired mountaineering training from US based NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) and has traversed many a high altitude regions in pursuit of his work and self realization. Has traveled for photo projects on his Enfield Bullet 350cc motorcycle across the world’s highest Khardung la pass in Ladakh in ’96 & ’97, besides many other parts of the Indian Himalayas, camping outdoors for extended periods of time and carrying all the gear necessary to do so.
Rebaris – Social Documentary 1992 – 2001 – Extensive photo-documentation of the Rebari nomads who herd cattle and are presently leading a marginalized existence.
Habib Tanvir – Theatre and Life 1992 – 1996 Close association with prominent theatre director Habib Tanvir, photo-documenting his life and groups’ performances. (1992-96)
Other Projects: 1993 – 1995 – Commissioned to photograph for interactive CD ROM projects for Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, Indian Railways and on Taj Mahal, shooting VR projects, when they were still a new technology. 1988 – Photo documented artisans working in their natural environment for “Status Report on India’s Artisans”, published by CAPART, Delhi. 1988 – 2002 – Worked for various NGO’s on project basis, photo-documenting issues related to development. Worked as photographer for UNICEF, New Delhi (Nov. 1998) on a month long project documenting stock based images and later for commissioned assignments.
Workshops and Talks
2017-18 Artist Talk at Hyderabad Photo Festival. The work presented here was showcased in the April 2018 issue of Better Photography magazine, which is India’s leading periodical in photography. Was also on the jury for entries to the same festival in 2018.
2017 Was chosen amongst 4 photographers from India to be brand ambassador for Nikon’s newly launched D850 camera.
2011-2012 Set up Pixeltreeworkshops to conduct regular weekend photography workshops with semi-professionals and amateurs at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi.
Delhi 2012 Conducted one-day photo workshops with teachers from across India for CERT (Center for Educational Research and Training).
2012 Conducted one-day photo workshop with a mixed group of photo enthusiast in Haldwani, India as part of a photography camp organized by a local photo club.
2005 Conducted 7-day workshop with a group of 15 serious amateurs on landscape photography in Ladakh, for Better Photography magazine.
2001 Conducted 8-day workshop with a group of 11 serious amateurs on a trek to Harkidoon valley in the remote and scenic Garhwal Himalayas, camping in the great outdoors
2000 Conducted 5-day workshop with children for pitara.com in Delhi 1996 Conducted 2-day workshop with a large group of senior students of Mira Model School, Delhi
1995 Conducted 2-day photography workshop for the students of Scindia School – Gwalior
1995 – Conducted 2-day photography workshop for the students of IIT Kanpur
4th-30th Jan., 2000 Group exhibition titled “Endless Horizons” by three photographers and friends who had traveled extensively in the Northern Himalayas, at the IGNCA, Delhi (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts).
Dec. 1995 Photographs selected for exhibition titled -Echoes from Panchpatmali, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi and Bhubaneshwar
Sept. 1992 Photographs selected for traveling exhibition of photographs from SAARC nations.