Ashima Yadava is a conceptual documentary photographer and printmaker. With the camera as her conduit, Ashima believes in art as a means to social activism and reform. Her work is rooted in long-form stories with a keen focus on issues of gender equality, race, and social justice. Like If Hands Could Speak, which deals with domestic violence in the South Asian community in the Bay Area.

Born & raised in New Delhi, India, Ashima now lives in San Francisco, California where she works in digital and analog methods including large format and silkscreen.

She has collaborated with several nonprofits over the years, including The Commonwealth Foundation, West Valley Community, and Maitri. Her work has been featured in various publications around the world including National Geographic, Mother Jones, SFChronicle, Forbes, The Telegraph, Caravan and The Times of India. She is a Director's Fellow from the ICP, New York. She is an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIII and a finalist of the Alexia Foundation Grant.

Ashima Yadava is currently a California Arts Council's Fellow and serves on the Programming Committee of SF Camerawork.


“Fann jo naadaar tak nahin pahuncha
Apne meyaar tak nahin pahuncha”

Art that doesn’t reach the needy
Has not achieved its potential.
- Sahir Ludhianvi
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