The Artist

Jay Weinstein is a Mumbai-based, Hindi-speaking photographer of Australian-American-Ukrainian-English heritage. At the age of 3 he moved to India. With his schoolteacher parents, he spent the next 12 years living in Vrindavan, a historic town filled with temples and monkeys, two hours south of Delhi. His family traveled often, and Jay found himself in an unending river of language, food, culture, and art.

At 15, his family moved back to Australia to facilitate his secondary education. Though Jay thought he was done with India, he ended up returning year after year, drawn by her overpowering, vibrant, chaotic cadence. His passion for photography began on these trips.

Jay finally moved to Mumbai in 2004, hoping to become an actor. With his fluent Hindi and Western look he soon landed roles in a number of TV shows, films, and commercials. His profession allowed him to be on the road again, this time from the humid, lush, palm-dotted southern states to the frigid mountain towns of Nepal; the ancient, war-ravaged forts of Rajasthan to the unending paddy fields of West Bengal.

These journeys continued as Jay shifted his focus to film production and later advertising. They gradually transformed into the photography trips he now facilitates for others, and is addicted to himself.

His current project ' I asked them to smile' originated towards the end of 2013 in Bikaner, Rajasthan, while on one of these adventures. The project has grown to also feature Nepal and Australia, and is expanding further in the coming days.

Jay brings to his work a unique charm and an eye for hidden beauty. Through the easy rapport he builds with his subjects, he creates unforgettable images that transport one to the heart of India and its people.

You can contact him on Facebook: Jay Weinstein

Follow his adventures on Instagram: @weinstein.jay

or can view some of his other work: