Aranka Israni

Photographer Aranka Israni

About Aranka

Aranka Israni’s creations celebrate the honest expressions unique to her subject matter. Her method is rooted in a deep compassion for the individual and honors the source from which we are all an extension.


Shifting often between diverse cultures throughout her youth deeply sharpened Aranka Israni’s sensitivity to the non-verbal. Core to her work is recognition of the layers of simultaneous emotional truth, contrasting and complex, in her subject matter, as well as the exploration of the balance of masculine and feminine energies. Her images expose the power in vulnerability and the beauty of simplicity, and reveal the creation that is simply – human. Aranka spent a foundation year at OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and graduated from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California before receiving her Masters from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has lived in Seattle, Toronto, Dubai, London, Miami and Los Angeles and is currently living and working in New York.

Artist Statement

I am intrigued by the capture, preservation and examination of moments between moments. My work is deeply ground in the reflective process of meditation and representations of energy in transition from one expression of emotion to another. I seek to bring to the physical eye the segues that occur with such rapidity that they most often remain unacknowledged if not hunted and confronted. It is my belief that it is these veiled experiences that are often our most profound. My course in life has been greatly influenced by experiences of diversity and duality and the very earthly requirements of having to exist within them. Through geographic relocation, cultural disparities, ethnic and gender divergence, religious incongruities, philosophical extremes, and intellectual and spiritual aspiration, I’ve grappled with paradox and celebrated growth. My experiences have cultivated a need to search for the truths and consistencies within perceived disunion, most pointedly those that flow between masculine and feminine. My work has revealed to me that empty space, ending time and lack of matter do not exist.

Photographer Aranka Israni in her studio located in Soho, NYC
Photo by Gigi Stoll

"Black & White Sand Storm" captures a breathtaking view of White Sands National Monument as a desert rain storm passes overhead. White Sands, New Mexico. Black and white, limited edition print by photographer Aranka Israni
Black & White Sand Storm — Aranka Israni
"Sand Swirl" by photographer Aranka Israni captures swirling patterns in the sand, black and white detail. Alys Beach, Florida. Black and white, limited edition print.
Sand Swirl — Aranka Israni
"Under The Rainbow" by photographer Aranka Israni captures a lone rainbow colored umbrella in the sand at Alys Beach, Florida. Full color, limited edition print.
Under The Rainbow — Aranka Israni
"Shadow Whisper" presents the emergence of a distinct artistic vocabulary in which slow shutter images grasp at the expanse for which the human form is a vessel. Limited edition, black and white print by photographer Aranka Israni
Shadow Whisper VI — Aranka Israni
Two nude figures form an abstract landscape, represented here in exquisite form rendered in "Bodyscape Dunes" limited edition, black and white print by photographer Aranka Israni
Bodyscape Dunes — Aranka Israni
The body and its greatest gifts, represented here in exquisite form rendered in "Bodyscape Untitled" limited edition, black and white print by photographer Aranka Israni
Bodyscape Untitled — Aranka Israni
"Intimate" a limited edition print by photographer Aranka Israni captures a feather lying on a rock in the sand. Alys Beach, Florida.
Intimate — Aranka Israni
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