Who I am?

A little bit about me

Saurabh is the Founder and Chief Educator at SIA Photography. With over 50 Photography Workshops and 100 photowalks / field trips annually, SIA Photography is one of the most active Photography groups in India.

SIA stands for Shutter, ISO and Aperture - the three aspects that control the exposure of a picture. SIA in Persian means something that brings joy and that is what photography for us is all about.

Out of his dream to see India and to make every camera-owner a great photographer, Saurabh Chaterjee founded SIA Photography in 2011. Through his Webinars, Online Courses, 1:1 Mentoring sessions, PhotoWalks and Photography Tours, he has been sharing his knowledge and his passion with photography enthusiasts.

Since 2011, he has trained more than 6000 people across the globe through his Photography Workshops, Photowalks and Photo-tours and online sessions. He has written over 200 travel articles for various magazine and newspapers.

What I Do?

A little bit about my work

His works have been published in several national and international publications including the National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, Timeout Explorer (UK), The Times (London, UK), Schmap (Ireland), India Coffee Table book (Poland), The National (Dubai), Dromedar(Slovakia), etc.

He is a regular contributor to Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Discover India, TimeoutExplorer, FEMINA, Jetwings International travel magazine, Maharashtra Ahead, the official magazine of the Directorate General of Information and Public Relations, Government of Maharashtra, Coffee Table on India – 29 Indias One Nation.

Saurabh was featured in The Hindu, Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Eagle Travel Beats travel portal and Go Hyderabad Magazine

Hire Me!

Highlights

  • Consulting Editor at prestigious 1x.com
  • Honorary Fellow ICS (HON.FICS) by Image Colleague Society, International USA July 2020
  • Nomination - Top 10 Most Influential People in Photography by Asian Photography magazine in 2018.
  • Nomination - ICIT Photography Awards 2018 by Innovative Council of Indian Tourism (ICIT)
  • Top Photographers Telugu States
  • Honorary UPI Diploma in Photojournalism in HAN PIJESAK 2013 organised by ArtPhoto, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Meritorious Service Award for Training people on Photography at International Camera Fair, Chennai.
  • Trainer of the Year 2015 - Photography Workshops Award given by Shobha De
  • Featured by The Economist in a documentary on Hyderabad

Education

  • Basics of Photography from Osmania University
  • Advanced Photography from City of Glasgow College, UK
  • Selected to work with two German Photographers - Else Gabriel and Andreas Rost on a fully sponsored project by Alliance Francaise to document the Role of fisherwomen in Kasimedu village, Chennai
  • Certificate in Experiential Education and Practices at Explorers Schools. Mentor - Vishwas Parchure
  • Eco-Volunteer Training by Karnataka Eco-tourism Trainer: Sharath Champati
  • Learning to See Experiential Workshop by revolutionary educator Jinan KB
  • Certificate in Adventure Camp Leadership Training from ACAP (Adventure Club of Andhra Pradesh)
  • MBA (Computers)

Corporates

  • Samsung India
  • Tamron India
  • Wells Fargo, Hyderabad
  • SONY SLT cameras
  • Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  • Mytrah Energy, Hyderabad
  • United Health Group, Hyderabad
  • BHEL, Hyderabad
  • Laqshya Media(Hyderabad)
  • Novartis Healthcare(Mumbai and Hyderabad)
  • Sterling Infosystems(Mumbai)
  • GHAC, Hyderabad

WorkShops

  • Kingston Camera Club, UK (estd.1893)
  • Telangana Photographic Society
  • Photographic Society of Madras
  • BITS Pilani, Hyderabad
  • VIT Vellore, Vellore
  • SRM University, Chennai
  • St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
  • Koti Women’s College
  • Panineeya Institite of Dental Sciences, Hyderabad
  • Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad
  • ICAT Design and Media College, Chennai and Bangalore
  • Mahindra École Centrale College, Hyderabad
  • Oakridge International School
  • INDUS International School
  • CHIREC Public School
  • IndiBloggers

He was also invited to deliver a talk and workshop on Travel Photography at Photographic Society of Madras (PSM), Chennai - one of the oldest Photographic Societies in the world in January 2016.
He was one of the official trainers for SONY SLTs at Byas Academy of Photography.
His works have been published in several national and international publications including the National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, Timeout Explorer (UK), The Times (London, UK), Schmap (Ireland), India Coffee Table book (Poland), The National (Dubai), Dromedar (Slovakia), etc. He is a regular contributor to Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Discover India, Timeout Explorer, FEMINA, Jetwings International travel magazine, Maharashtra Ahead, the official magazine of the Directorate General of Information and Public Relations, Government of Maharashtra, Coffee Table on India - 29 Indias One Nation
Saurabh was featured in The Hindu, Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Eagle Travel Beats travel portal and Go Hyderabad Magazine
He has won several national and international awards for his works.
He has worked on several prestigious assignments including one for National Innovation Foundation, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India to document the innovations of the people of North-east India.
Saurabh is a regular Travel Feature Writer at Telangana Today, a leading newspaper from Hyderabad and for Tourism One - A travel magazine by Praveg

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My Long Term Project

Since I go back to many places multiple times, I carry prints with me, find my subjects who I have photographed and gift them a print. I have had enlightening experiences since I started doing this. Most of them are taken by surprise as I return after a year or so.
I believe, we photographers are very selfish people. We take pictures of people without giving anything back to them. Many of us promise to give them back when asked, but we get busy in our activities as soon as we get back to our hectic schedule. This act completes the workflow, the purpose of the picture - to reach its subject. Read Here