Visual Arts Faculty

Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri

Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri headshot

Photo courtesy Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri


Digital Death by Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, winner of two Gold Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity.

Indrani's short film, Girl Epidemic, won the CNN Expose Award.


Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri (Princeton Class of 2001, A.B. Cultural Anthropology) is an Indian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, working in film, photography, and social justice. A “leading director and voice for female empowerment” (Tribeca Film Festival), her work empowers diversity, equality, and environmental sustainability. Believing that artists and filmmakers as myth-makers shape the parameters of the possible, she explores transformation, ethics, and the intersection between fantasy and reality from diverse perspectives, to inspire social change.

Discovered by David Bowie while she was still a student at Princeton, she helped launch the solo careers of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, photographing magazine and album covers and directing music videos and films, with Kim Kardashian, Mary J. Blige, Bon Jovi, Keanu Reeves, Kate Winslet, Kanye West, and others. Her work is shown in museums around the world, including the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Centre Pompidou Paris, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Australian Center for the Moving Image. Her work has won 29 awards including The Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Disruptive Innovation Award, The Max Mark-Cranbrook 2019 Global Peacemaker Award, Best Picture and Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, Best Film at the CNN 2018 Expose Awards, and two Gold Lions at Cannes Festival of Creativity.

A prolific speaker, Indrani is a United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Distinguished Fellow; co-host of the Global People’s Summit during the General Assembly at the U.N. democratizing access to conversations and information that shape the world; keynote speaker at the Harvard Kennedy School Pride and Progress Film Symposium; host of New York Live Arts – AI Live Ideas Gala; and co-founder and executive director of the Shakti Empowerment Education Foundation.


“The Case for the Arts in an Age of Adversity” — Panel discussion moderated by Paul Muldoon, Lewis Center for the Arts, 2011

Culture and Creative Identity: Asian and Asian American Artists and Authors” — Panel with Akhil Sharma, Monica Youn, Elizabeth C. Vasarhelyi and David Lee, at We Flourish, Princeton University, October 15-17, 2015

“The Minds Behind the Most Creative Feats of Advertising and Brand Awareness” —AdThis, Dodds Auditorium at Princeton University, April 2, 2016

Women in Film panel discussion with diverse range of female talent in the film industry, including Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri | Princeton Film Society, December 2016

Women in the Arts Showcase — SheRoars, Princeton University, October 4, 2018

Princeton Creative Arts & Humanities Symposium — Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri featured as a Keynote Speaker, Lewis Center for the Arts, Frick Auditorium at Princeton University, October 20, 2018

Feeding the Arts Career Panel with filmmaker Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri | Princeton University Center for Career Development, October 2018

Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri discusses “The Art of Social Change” — Engage 2020, the inaugural innovation and entrepreneurship conference at Princeton University, November 2020