Niyatee Shinde is an independent curator, photography historian, writer on art and photography. She is a former Research Fellow, at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, where she looked at Interdisciplinary access to photographic collections. She was also director and curator at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai, where she curated many exhibitions with Indian and international artists, conceptualized and conducted various workshops on Indian folk and traditional crafts by master craftspeople.
In 1993 she curated the exhibition The Legacy of Raja Deen Dayal, for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi. In 2003 she hosted Oracle, an annual meeting of over 110 international curators and photography museum heads in Goa, India. She has curated several photography and art exhibitions internationally.
As writer on art and photography, critic and reviewer, Shinde has contributed to the Times of India and the Indian Express. She continues to contribute essays and reviews on photography for national and international publications. Widely travelled, she has participated in several international discourses and seminars on photography.
Dr Shinde is the author of many publications and has been invited as nominator for international awards including the Leopold Godowsky Jr Photography Award 1997 and the Hasselblad Photographer Award for 2000, 2001, 2014. 2017 and 2022. She has received many international awards recognising her work as a curator, writer and photo-historian.