Ayush’s influence in photography saw the light at a very young age.Born in a middle-class
family in urban India, he considers himself lucky to have come across images from
magazines like the National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Time, Life and others, in which
every picture was a story in itself.
To him, photography is something that is private.His individuality is derived from it and his
photographs in turn are consequential of this.Ayush believes that in a true democracy
everybody has a right to a life with dignity regardless of their background.These motivations
are a conduit for the exploration about life that comes easy to some and is almost impossibly
arduous for others.He believes that any form of art has a very important role to play in
fostering a sense of understanding between people in a very direct and unadulterated
manner.And photography to him, is the most immediate.
Urbanization, human rights, and art & culture are topics he likes to work with.His interests lie
deeply rooted in the socio-political-economic trends of modern India.By addressing issues
that have led to the disparity between urban and rural India through his photographic essays,
Ayush hopes to build a connect in the minds and hearts of the average urban middle-class
with the realization that their efforts and their contribution to social causes can really help
bridge the gap between these two worlds.
He was selected as one of the top ten short-listed photographers of the Redux Scholarship
for the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Manali, India, 2009.
2007 – "Honorable Mention‟ at the first ever PX3 Prix De La Photographie competition,
Paris, for the series on the Tsunami disaster of Dec 2004.
2008 – "Honorable Mention‟ at the PX3 Prix De La Photographie competition, Paris, for
the series on the Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan.
by Ayush Ranka
The illegal large-scale forced acquisition of lands by the State for the proposed South Korean POSCO steel plant have left displaced villagers living in extremely unhygienic transit camps. Odisha, India. 24 July 2011.