New Delhi, Delhi, India
Srinivas Kuruganti is a documentary photographer, and presently the photo editor for The Caravan magazine. Born in Washington DC, he spent his formative years in Delhi before returning to the United States in 1986 to continue his education. In 1999, he moved to New York, where he began his career in photography.
Srinivas has photographed the daily lives of manual laborers, from the ship-breaking yards of Bombay to the coal mining villages of Dhanbad. He has documented the industrial belt in the Patancheru industrial district of Andhra Pradesh and Ankleshwar, Gujarat where over 5000 chemical, pharmaceutical and dye factories discharge poisonous effluent waste into tributaries and rivers. His more recent project looks at how mining in the forests and fertile lands of Orissa has altered the landscape and destroyed the forests that are so crucial for the survival of Adivasis.
Srinivas’s earlier long-term project was on on HIV/AIDS in India. In 2001, the focus shifted to exploring the impact of the AIDS epidemic in India.
This effort evolved into a collaboration-The Lives in Focus Project- which documents through interviews, photographs and video the impact of India’s new patent law on the country’s HIV+ population.