Rohina is a fine art photographer whose practice uses portraiture and the natural world to investigate themes of identity, home, women’s issues, and adolescence.
Born in India and raised in New Jersey, Rohina grew up in a family of doctors spanning three generations. While an undergraduate at Brown University, Rohina also studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and she was a staff photographer for the Brown Daily Herald. A graduate of Brown University Medical School and resident at UCLA Medical Center, her training led to a career as a neurologist.
A skilled observer of her patients, Rohina was instilled with a deep and unique appreciation of the human experience. Her ability to forge the sacred trust between doctor and patient has been instrumental in fostering a parallel connection between photographer and subject.
Rohina published her first monograph Hair Stories with Damiani Editore (February 2019) accompanied by a solo exhibition at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School. Her monograph, Hair Stories, is held in many public collections and university libraries.
Her photographs have been exhibited in juried group shows both nationally and internationally and she has received numerous awards. She has been published in Marie Claire Italia, F-Stop Magazine, The Daily Beast, Lenscratch, Shots Magazine, and Edge of Humanity among others. She lives with her husband, three children and two golden retrievers in Los Angeles.
The complexity of being human is at the core of my interest as a photographic artist. I am drawn to stories that are below the surface, stories that have some inherent tension, conflict or emotion, and stories that unfold rather than simply document. I am interested in creating photographs that reflect the different aspects of my own upbringing, whether as an Indian-American, wife-mother, scientist-artist - all the different dichotomies inherent in the very fabric of who I am and the life that I lead.
My portrait work uses light, shadows, sun, mirrors, reflection, and angles, to inform, hide, reveal, and suggest the multilayered complexity of the subject and her inner workings. The idea of play and spontaneity are important to my storytelling and add to the magic of the photographic process.