street photography

Capturing Vibrant Culture

Priyanca Rao has a background and heritage that influences her photography in a unique way. She can be found practicing street photography in New York City and chasing down psychological documentary stories that show a unique perspective on human life. Her documentaries satisfied her desire to understand how and why we behave a certain way as human beings and evoke deep emotions. She is also a photography mentor and educator who is passionate about helping other photographers refine storytelling through powerful photography.


How would you describe your photography style?

I use photojournalism as a street photographer capturing real moments. My photos are bright and bold with lots of movement.

How did you get into street photography?

Living in NYC has exposed me to a very vibrant street life and culture. During my photography practice I started hunting down interesting characters and showing their uniqueness. Street photography is addictive and a way of life for me. I am able to connect better with myself through this practice and also meet some very interesting people out on the streets and during my travels. My latest project has lead me to make many elderly friends in New York City as I document and explore through photography their final years of life on earth.

What is your favorite neighborhoods to photograph in New York City?

Brighton Beach, East Village, Garden District and Times Square.

What type of equipment do you use?

Fujifilm XT4 with a 18mm lens.

Do you have an Instagram for street photography?


Stories from the streets