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Shamila Chaudhary is a photographer based in Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post and other media outlets and has been exhibited in galleries in the DC metro area.

She is interested in art photography, portraiture, documentary photography, and the relationship between words and images. Her photography, which focuses on issues of identity, community, and childhood, has been described as having "a dreamy quality that show off her appreciation for shadows and contrast, along with an understated sense of humor."

Chaudhary is an active member of the DC photography community. She was Executive Director of the inaugural Focus on the Story International Photo Festival in June 2018. She co-edited the documentary photography book UnPresidented: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump and the People’s Response. 

Chaudhary currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Focus on the Story, a non-profit organization that supports and encourages photographers of diverse backgrounds to use visual storytelling to bring attention to critical issues, bridge cultural gaps and spark social change.

Chaudhary also curates exhibits dealing with politics, social issues, and international affairs and has organized shows at galleries and institutions in the DC metro area, including at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she is Executive Director of The Big Picturea forum exploring international affairs through arts and culture.

She studied photography at the George Washington University Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. She also earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Toledo and an M.A. in International Affairs and Comparative Politics from American University in Washington, DC. 

When she is not working on photography, Chaudhary works on U.S. foreign policy. Read more about her work here.

Photo credit: Layla Chaudhary Steinitz

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