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India Currents, in partnership with CatchLight, is pleased to welcome photojournalist Sree Sripathy to our newsroom. Sripathy’s visual storytelling will further our aim of amplifying the often unheard voices of our community.

Sripathy is a writer, photographer, artist and disability advocate based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work focuses on the seen and unseen and their relationship to isolation, ability/disability, immigrant identity, language and culture.

Sripathy is the co-founder of the Women’s Parkinson’s Project. She was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease in 2015, but knew throughout her 20s and 30s that her motor movements were not functioning properly.

The artist began writing and photographing her experience, and co-founded the Women’s Parkinson’s Project as a space to “curate stories, bring awareness and representation, and raise the voices of women with Parkinson’s.” She also serves as an ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.

Sripathy was announced May 10 as one of five CatchLight Local Fellows, who will each serve full-time in a California newsroom. “They are part of a groundbreaking collaborative initiative to transform a local news landscape that has seen newsroom visual journalism staff nationwide sliced in half over the past decade,” said CatchLight in a press statement.

Sripathy is India Currents’ first full-time photo journalist. She will embark on long-form visual journalism features, as well as community engagement projects.