“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

With the camera as her conduit, Ashima believes in art as a means to social activism and reform. Her work is rooted in documentary practice 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 in New Delhi, India, Ashima now lives in San Francisco, California. She works in digital and analog methods including medium, and 4x5 large format.

She has collaborated with several nonprofits and organizations over the years, like 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. Ashima Yadava is a Director's Fellow from the International Center of Photography, New York and an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIII and the Missouri Photo Workshop 72. She is also a finalist of the Alexia Foundation Grant.

Email: info@ashimayadava.com

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