Tejal Pandey is an independent photographer based in Mumbai.
She started her career in 2007 as a photojournalist with the Times of India (TOI), moving on to Time Out Mumbai in 2010. Her last office was with Verve magazine as Senior Photo Editor, which she left in Feb 2016 to pursue her work independently.
Working across various genres within photography for close to a decade has given her work versatility over a miscellany of subjects. Her extensive portfolio spans from people, spaces, documentary stories and lifestyle to products, food and fashion. She is also equally passionate about travel photography and writing and has contributed both text and images for publications like the Air Asia in-flight magazine, Time Out Explorer and Verve among others.
As a documentarian with TOI, she received two Press Club of Mumbai awards in 2009 for her images shot during the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. She also won the Time Out International Award for Best Photography - 2010/11 for her photo essay "Bathed in Blue", published in Time Out Mumbai the same year.
She believes this space - this website, to be her visual journal; one of places - quaint and chaotic, from across the globe. Of light at different times of the day. Of moments, both created and co-incidental. Of her interactions with people from all walks of life, each bringing in their unique essence to the image.
Through her personal work, she hopes to explore ideas and concepts which might be universal in nature but are often rooted in specific socio-economic contexts and worlds of their own.
She owes her primary interest and education in photography to the Social Communications Media (SCM) course, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai where she won her first accolades in the art form.
To further her education, she attended the Autumn Session of 2011 at The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Pistoia, Italy and Paros, Greece where she studied art history, black & white film photography and digital darkroom. Here, she learnt the finer details of post processing images and making prints - both film and digital, and the role it plays in the final image.
Here, she also learnt to fall back in love with photography.
Tejal is available for projects both within India and abroad.