Born 1957, Prashant Panjiar is a photographer, picture editor, and curator.
He has worked as a photojournalist and editor in mainstream media (India Today, Outlook & Indian Express) and as an independent photojournalist for leading publications such as Time Magazine, Focus, New York Times, amongst others. As a documentary photographer, he works on issues of health, education, and livelihood for international non-profit organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American India Foundation, UNFPA, IPPF & HIV-AIDS Alliance.
Panjiar has curated all 3 editions of the Delhi Photo Festival (2011-15) of which he is the co-founder and co- Creative Director. In 2014 he curated a permanent collection of contemporary photography for the new corporate building of Star TV India in Mumbai. In 2015 as Creative Director he curated and helped conceive the first edition of Sensorium, a festival of Arts, Literature & Ideas for Sunaparanta, the Goa Centre for the Arts. He is the project curator for Kanu’s Gandhi, the third title in the Nazar Photography Monographs series, and of the resulting exhibition. He is currently engaged in curating a major photography show for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2017 for which he was the curator in 2016 too.
Panjiar has served on the jury of the World Press Photo Awards, the China International Press Photo Competition, the Indian Express Press Photo Awards, and the National Foundation of India’s annual photography fellowship.
Being one of India’s leading photo-practitioners, Panjiar is actively involved in mentoring younger photographers.