"Award-winning director and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri is renowned for her iconic imagery and visionary storytelling" (Huffington Post).
Across the film, TV, fashion, and music industries, Indrani's multifaceted collaborative approach produces cultural icons, and campaigns that move millions to action. She is known by a single name, for her work with legendary artists from Beyonce to Bowie, and brands from L'Oreal to Pepsi.
Indrani's films have won 22 awards including two Gold Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity, Best Picture and Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. Her films been screened at the Centre Pompidou Paris, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Lincoln Center NY, The Museum of the Fashion Institute NY, The Rubin Museum of Art NY, and the Australian Center for the Moving Image. They have also been featured in The New York Times, London Sunday Times, Harper’s Bazaar, VICE and Vogue.
Indrani's photography has been published in 25 books and 30 exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute DC and ab exhibition at the Lincoln Center NY with the release of her book "ICONS."
"Riveting, shocking and touching, Indrani's direction is brilliant and provocative" (Forbes).
Indrani is known for her collaborations with the most important artists of our times, including Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Lady Gaga, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Will Smith, Jay-Z, Keanu Reeves, Bon Jovi, KAWS, Richard Phillips, Haruki Murakami and Neil Gaiman.
Indrani's clients include Barney’s New York, LVMH, Lancome, Elizabeth Arden, MAC, L’Oreal Paris, Shiseido, Pantene, Head & Shoulders Herbal Essences, Remy Martin, Sky Blue, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Wolford, Girard Perregaux, Anna Sui, Baume et Mercier, De Beers, Epson, Broncolor, Mattel, Hello Kitty, Jaguar, Nike, and Pepsi. Her work has been published in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, GQ, The New York Times and The London Sunday Times.
"A fashion photography powerhouse" (Wonderland).
Born in Calcutta, India, Indrani was eager to learn photography so she became a model/actress at age 14, working with leading artists around the world. At 18, she returned to India and used her earnings to co-found Shakti Empowerment Education SEEschool.org for women and children.
While a student at Princeton University, her photography was discovered by David Bowie, who commissioned her first album cover. Indrani spearheaded a student movement to create a South Asian Studies Program, and graduated magna cum laude (with High Honors) in Cultural Anthropology. Indrani and Markus Klinko began their photography careers as a creative duo known as Markus + Indrani.
"At the forefront of contemporary photography" (NOWNESS).
"Rad feminist director and fashion photographer" (Jezebel).
Indrani works consistently to develop projects that empower women, the underprivileged, and support environmental sustainability. "Indrani is internationally recognized for her extensive work on social causes and her video and stills campaign, Digital Death, against AIDS in India and Africa raised over a $1M in under a week" (Huffington Post).
She co-founded Shakti Empowerment Education SEEschool.org for women and children, supported over 30 NGOs with her work, and was appointed Special Advisor to the UN World Forums, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, bringing the private and public sectors together to help advance the post-Global Millennium Development goals.
"Her creative lens, coupled with an impassioned perspective on gender realities...resulted in a powerful and provocative film." (Huffington Post).
“Wielding her visionary work like a weapon, Indrani is using her art and resources for social justice and change.”(Soma)
"Empowering young girls to become powerful agents of change," (Huffington Post)
Indrani directed top Bollywood stars including Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor for the film Girl Rising India.
Indrani was the subject of a 6-hour docu-series on Bravo/ NBC "Double Exposure," featuring her work on set with Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Armie Hammer and others, which was syndicated to over 200 countries.
Indrani speaks on topics including: inspiring creativity, social engagement, cultural identity, branding, making iconic images and films, women and minorities in the arts, female empowerment, and environmental sustainability.
Her talks have included:
- "The Minds Behind the Most Creative Feats of Advertising and Brand Awareness" at Princeton University "AdThis," Dodds Auditorium.
- "Cultural Identity and Creative Identity: Asian & Asian American Artists" at Princeton University, Lewis Center for the Arts.
- "My Village: Storytelling and Social Engagement" at The Rubin Museum of Art NY.
- "Image-making and Branding: Iconic Authenticity and Sustainability" at IDEASHARE: Innovation, Inspiration & Ideas, at The American Society of Media Photographers, Baruch College, NY.
- "Between Pop Culture and Social Engagement" at PhotoSchweiz Masterclass, Zurich
- "A Deeper Perspective: Film and Photography" at The Lucie Awards, Carnegie Hall NY
- "On Inspiration" with Daphne Guinness at ASVOFF at the Center Pompidou, Paris.
- "On Photography" at The Influencers Retreat, Camp Equinox, Vermont.
- "Fashion, Innovation and Sustainability" at ISDI Parsons The New School for Design, Mumbai, India.
- "Building a Lasting Brand" at the North American Bengali Conference, Orlando FL.
- "Women's Equity, Empowerment, Excellence" at International Women's Day, Kalinga Institute of Social Studies, Orissa, India.
- "The Mind of the Creative Achiever" at the LJFFF, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.