Sudharak Olwe
Born (1966-03-19) 19 March 1966 (age 58)
Akola Maharashtra, India
Known forPhotojournalism
AwardsPadma Shri

Sudharak Olwe (born 19 March 1966) is a Mumbai-based documentary photographer, whose work has been featured in national publications and exhibited in Mumbai, Delhi, Malmo (Sweden), Lisbon, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Washington and Dhaka.[1][2][3]

He has drawn immense admiration and awe in the Indian subcontinent for revealing the naked reality of life’s tragicomic social theater. In 2005, he was one of the four awardees for the National Geographic's "All Roads Photography Program".[4] He was awarded Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honors for his social work in 2016.[5]

Early Days

Mr. Suhdarak Olwe comes from Akola, a district in the state of Maharashtra. He has a Diploma in Photography from the Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art (1986), Mumbai and also a Diploma in Film and Video Production (1992) from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. But he credits his success to experience rather than educational qualifications. He ran away from his home in Mumbai to Hyderabad for some time which taught him about street life which he depicts in his Pictures. Sudharak Olwe heads the Photography promotion Trust, which aims to spread the knowledge of photography in young adults not only in urban areas but in the rural side too.


  1. ^ "Amazing photo exhibition in Mumbai". Times of India. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Sudharak Olwe captures the invisible work force of the city". DNA India. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ "In Search of Dignity and Justice". Galli. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  4. ^ Sudharak Olwe bags National Geographic Award, for story of Mumbai conservancy workers
  5. ^ "Pranab Mukherjee honours Rajinikanth, Sania Mirza, Priyanka Chopra, 53 others with Padma awards". DNA India. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2021.