Photographer Nayantara Parikh has made a career out of telling stories. She has worked with some of the brightest minds in film, fashion and music, from Spike Lee to Cynthia Nixon. She has travelled the world, shooting documentaries for the New York Times and working with designers such as Zac Posen. Now, after eight years in New York, the New Delhi native has returned to India, fuelled by the kinetic energy and diversity of her homeland, to work on her greatest story yet: her own.
“If you grow up with something, you don’t often realise how beautiful it is”
Parikh left India in 2006, enrolling in New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. In 2014, she returned as an accomplished filmmaker and photographer, eager to feed off New Delhi’s eclectic creative culture and reconnect with the country’s abundant beauty.
“If you grow up with something, you don’t often realise how beautiful it is,” she explains. “The years I spent away gave me this perspective on India and just how much it has to offer.”