Location: New York City

Karen Dias is a documentary photographer and interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Her journalistic work focuses on stories about women’s rights, state violence and environmental issues. After working as a staff photojournalist at Gulf News based in the UAE in 2008, she worked in  India and across Asia until 2019 before moving to New York City. She speak Hindi, Marathi, Konkani and a little French. She was an International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) grantee and her work has been exhibited at Tisseurs d’Images Festival in France, Chennai Photo Biennale and Serendipity Arts Festival in India and at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai. Besides photography, Karen’s work also spans across lens-based media, sculpture and installation. She teaches at the International Center of Photography, Josephine Herrick Project and New York University. 

Studio Practice: www.karendias.studio


The Washington Post, The Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, Bloomberg News, Al Jazeera, BBC, GOOD Magazine, NewsDeeply, Courrier International, National Geographic Traveller India, The Caravan, Glamour USA, Bright Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Facebook, The Sunday Guardian, Voyeur Magazine, Roli Books, Morning Calm Magazine, Airbnb, Apple, Google, etc.


National Geographic, AJ+, BBC and The Sound


  • Art 52nd Street, Gallery MC, New York, 2021
  • Four Inches Off The Wall, 25 E Gallery, Parsons School of Design, 2019
  • Tisseurs D’Images Festival, Angers, France, 2018
  • Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India, 2017
  • Digital presentation titled ‘Anthropocenic Mindscapes’ at Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2017
  • Behind the Portrait Group Exhibition, Gulf Photo Plus, Dubai, UAE, 2017
  • Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai, India, 2016
  • Pondy Photo Fesival, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India, 2015
  • MinD (Made in Dubai) Art Festival, Dubai, UAE, 2010
  • Digital Presentation at the Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2009
  • Fundraiser group exhibition ‘Art for Gaza’ for Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund at Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE, 2009
  • Artist in Residence, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA), 2022
  • Artist Talk, Indian Photo Festival, 2021
  • Finalist, UC Berkeley MFA South Asia Art Prize for North America and Europe, 2020
  • Nominee for Prix Pictet Award, 2019
  • Selected Participant at National Geographic Out of Eden Walk Slow Journalism Workshop with Paul Salopek in Chennai, India, 2018
  • Speaker on Panel about Gender and Pay Gaps in Creative Industries at WeWork in Mumbai, India, 2018
  • Selected Participant at Chennai Photo Biennale Workshop in Chennai, India, 2016
  • Selected Participant at Journalists Training Workshop for Climate Change by the Himalayan Institute of Climate Adaptation Programme in Assam, India, 2014
  • Finalist in IPA (Invisible Photographer Asia) Street Photography Asia Award, 2013
  • Selected Participant, Angkor Photography Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2009