Sonny Thakur Shoots Random Things in the Kitchen

  • by The Cartellino Team

Well-traveled, well-fed, and well-bred, Sonny Thakur is a portrait photographer and a home cook. 
When he isn’t working for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Forbes, Esquire, and Travel + Leisure, he’s running his own. 
Though Sonny has trained his eye in cities from New York to Manila, he finds himself returning consistently to the crag. He prefers hard cheeses to soft cheeses. 


The photographer, on his work, 
Mosami:

Iʼve been thinking a lot about my nani lately and how Iʼve never had a conversation with her. She speaks almost no English and I speak almost no Hindi. The memories I share with her are soft and fragile, almost like a marie biscuit dipped in chai for a little too long. She knows her way around spices, it shows in my motherʼs cooking. I see where my motherʼs empathy and care comes from, theyʼre both selfless to a fault. The fondest memory I have of her is a tall glass of mosami juice. I canʼt
remember how it tastes like, I just know I draw comfort from knowing I experienced it at one point in my life. 2800 miles away, we own a citrus press, one which has met some oranges, mandarins, lemons and limes but has yet to squeeze a mosami. We keep it to remind us that weʼll see her soon and even if I make no progress with my Hindi, it will all be ok and weʼll just enjoy our juice together.

DIGEST Sonny Thakur_Mosami_2020
Sonny Thakur. Mosami. Pigment ink on 300 gsm archival paper. Edition of 15. 2020.

What music did you have growing up?

The SpaceJam OST

What work of art last caught your eye?

The work of Adrien Dubost

Can you let us in on a current or upcoming project that excites you?

I’m still just shooting random things from the kitchen

We’re playing charades. What is the hardest thing you could have someone guess?

Pass. I suck at charades.

What do you think deserves more attention?

Our food sources and how they’re affected by global warming

What would be your last meal?

Mac and Cheese

Anchor photo: Sentinel. Pigment ink on 300 gsm archival paper. Edition of 15. 2020.

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