John Isaac (photographer)

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John Isaac is an Indian-born, award-winning photographer and author who has lived in New York City for the better part of his career and life. In addition to being known for his work as a photojournalist for the United Nations, he is also known for his independent freelance work photographing celebrities, including Audrey Hepburn and Michael Jackson. More recently, he has been working mainly in wildlife and travel photography.


Isaac received a BSc in zoology from The New College, Madras University.


Isaac began his career at the UN as a messenger, moving on to become a darkroom technician, and eventually a photojournalist. He held this role for 20 years, eventually rising to the post of chief of the photo unit prior to his retirement from the UN in 1998.

In 2008, he co-authored a book, The Vale of Kashmir, about the people and landscape of Kashmir.[1] In 2009, Outdoor Photographer magazine published a feature story about the book and Isaac, noting, "The book was a daunting undertaking, especially for a retired photographer."[2]

In 2002, The Washington Post featured his photos from Africa on in the paper and on its website.[3]


Isaac has been recognized for his work with the following awards:

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • instructor page, John Isaac, the Missouri Photo Workshop
  • Perello, Ibarionex R. (1 October 2006). "John Isaac: Master Printer". Outdoor Photographer.
  • "John Isaac profile". Lexar Digital Photography. Archived from the original on 2011-10-30.
  • Isaac, John. "What photographing tigers can teach you about better photography". Olympus.
  • Hart, Russel (10 December 2010). "John Isaac: The Passion of a U.N. Photographer". American Photo.