Madhu Gopal Rao is a freelance photojournalist from a small town of Warangal, India.
He studied photography at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India (1994). His works focus on social conflicts, anthropological studies on tribal and rural communities, changing demographics and socio-political structures and the new norms. He is currently working on a personal project that explores his relationships with the people around him and life during the pandemic.
His works have been published in magazines such as India Today, Cosmopolitan, Travel plus and Discovery India.
Madhu has received multiple awards and grants in the past years from various institutions in India and abroad such as the Senior Research Fellowship in Photography by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India (2017), Sahapedia Frames Photography Grant in India (2018), and the Documentary Award by the Humanity Photo Award in China. His work about the Kakateeya architecture has been honored with Associateship by the Royal Photography Society in London, UK.
His works have been shown at the International Development Research Center Canada, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Art Heritage Gallery in India, National Academy of Art in New Delhi, National Center for Performing Arts in Mumbai, and Pondyphoto 2016.
He is currently on a 12-week Documentary Photography workshop mentored by Christopher Morris.
Madhu is currently based in Hyderabad, India.