Indian-born, American photographer Lekha Singh has traveled the world for over 25 years, taking photographs and making films. Her work tells stories of the commonality of human experience from crowded cities to little-known places of destitution and desolation. She brings the lives of people, cultures and places to the forefront in a way that expresses the narrative of their lives.
Her photographs have been seen in over twenty exhibitions, four books (including one for National Geographic) and several magazines and newspapers (including New York Times). The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The International Center of Photography, and Rubin Museum have her works in their permanent collections.
Her films have reached more than a hundred million people. In 2012 she released Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness, a documentary she directed and produced. The film explores the role of forgiveness in the search for justice in Rwanda, Israel and Palestine and Northern Ireland. The film garnered many awards including; The Sundance Collective’s Social Impact Award, The American Psychological Association’s Best Avant-Garde Film, Fingal Film Festival’s Best Documentary and was LA Jewish Film Festival’s Runner-up for Best Documentary.
Singh has executive produced over 15 films, including the Emmy award-winning The Square.
She has worked to create social impact through innovation. Forming several Foundations and supporting others. The most prominent among them is Aidmatrix. In 2000 Singh founded Aidmatrix to help solve the hunger problem and mobilized over $1.5 billion in aid and relief annually, by working with 35,000 fellow charities on 5 continents and fed over 25 million people per year.
She is the recipient of many awards, among them Women’s eNews 21 Leaders of the 21st Century, Profiles in Leadership from Southern Methodist University, Women Helping Women, Maura Award and YWCA’s 100 Women of the Century.
Singh has an M.Phil. in Philosophy from Hyderabad University and worked on her PhD in Sociology at Kent State University.