Sej Saraiya is a documentary and cultural-conservation photographer who has spent the last several years documenting indigenous cultures around the world. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Film Writing from the University of Southern California in 2009, and has since traveled to the deep interiors of Asia and the Americas, capturing portraits that tell stories of cultures on the brink of extinction.

In 2014, she started shooting her on-going series “Faces of the Indigenous” living with the tribes to understand and document their rapidly fading wisdom. For these photographs, she was recognized as an Ambassador for the 7thAnnual Garifuna Indigenous International Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. Her series “Advaita” which focuses on the mutual interwovenness between all living beings, urgently reminds us of our duties as human beings living on a planet inhabited by other living beings.

She is a member of the American Photographic Artists (APA). Her photographs have been exhibited both in America and India and hang in the homes of private collectors in Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, India, South Africa, Canada and the United States. 

Sej Saraiya

Her Philosophy

"The reason I photograph is to experience human existence beyond the precinct of words. As human beings, we often overuse our ability to communicate—expressing more, experiencing less. Most world philosophies have adopted sabda or ‘word’ as the single valid means of knowledge. But the human spirit illuminates magnificently with direct perception and inference. And the story lies in the unspoken word."

Sej Saraiya

Selected Exhibitions

Aug 2019             CULTURE JOURNEYS                              Short Ave Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Mar 2019             SACRED LANDS                                        Rishikesh Int'l Film Festival, Tapovan, India 

Nov 2018             ANIMAL ADVOCACY THRU ART           Lois Lambert Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

May 2018             FACES OF THE INDIGENOUS                Electric Lodge Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

May 2018             DEPAYSÈMENT                                          Nous Tous Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Sep 2017               SCHOOL'S OUT FOREVER                      Legato Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 2017              EVOKING THE UNSEEN                          Venice Love Shack, Los Angeles, CA

July 2017               BEATLES VISIT TO INDIA                       Santa Monica Assembly Hall, Los Angeles, CA

June 2017              ADVAITA                                                    Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles, CA

Apr 2017                ADVAITA                                                    Uttra Art Gallery, Rishikesh, India

Mar 2017               SACRED INDIA: ADVAITA                      Maharishi "Beatles" Ashram, Rishikesh India

Lectures & Presentations

August 2019    CULTURE JOURNEYS Los Angeles, CA

August 2018    EMPOWERED FILMMAKER MASTERCLASS (with VoVo Productions) New Hazelton, BC

August 2018    EMPOWERED FILMMAKER MASTERCLASS (with VoVo Productions) Kamloops, BC

March 2018     LECTURE ON STORYTELLING, FILMMAKING & CONSCIOUSNESS (with Marc Baraka Strauch) Beatles Ashram Rishikesh, India

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