Rohina is a fine art portrait photographer working in southern California. 

Born in India and raised in New Jersey, Rohina grew up in a family of doctors spanning three generations. Rohina’s interest in photography began in her teens, when she was introduced to the art of traditional black and white film photography.  She found early success publishing photos for her high school yearbook, newspaper, and literary arts magazine and later as a writer/photographer for a New York City newspaper.  While an undergraduate at Brown University, Rohina also studied photography at RISD 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. Taught to be 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 has exhibited in juried group shows both nationally and internationally and has been published. Rohina recently received a Silver Medal award at the San Francisco Bay International Photo Show (2018) and an Honorable Mention in Fine Art with the Tokyo International Foto Awards in 2016, an Honorable Mention in Portraiture with the Neutral Density Photography Awards in 2016 and Monochrome Awards in 2015 and Honorable Mention in the Red Competition in the Nature Category with Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016.  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, east coast versus west coast resident,  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, 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.

I shoot with a Nikon D750 and I have recently acquired a large format camera as I make my way back to rediscovering analog.


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