AAPI Heritage Month: Ankur Dholakia

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Ankur Dholakia is an award winning photojournalist and a Multimedia Producer at The Detroit News. He has covered a wide variety of assignments in and around the Motor City. He was born in England and raised in southern California. Ankur was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska with the U.S. Army and considers Alaska to be his second home. He finds the Motor City to be a fascinating place. There is never a dull moment.

Ankur Dholakia

How long have you been in photojournalism?

I have been in photojournalism since 2002. I currently work at The Detroit News where I started out as an intern.

How and why did you decide to become a photojournalist?

After I left the U.S. Army, I was pondering my next move. When I was in college, I joined the newspaper staff as a photographer. I then started to shadow the local newspapers’ photojournalist and I thought to myself, This would be an interesting profession. I gathered my pictures, sought advice and charged head-on. I was able to get an internship with The Detroit News through the Chips Quinn Scholarship program.

What do you love most about photography?

I love how the light and shadows play off each other to create visually stunning pictures.

How has being an AAPI helped/hurt your photojournalism career?

As an Asian photographer, it has helped me understand where I come from and how other cultures are similar.

What advice did you wish someone gave you when you were starting out?

If you really want to become a photojournalist then put your passion into photojournalism. Learn by perusing photo books and see how they approach each assignment. Go out there and start making pictures. Find an issue you care about or look within your family or friends and document their lives. Go explore!


coracleA villager in the Kabini area of India, sets a coracle in the water.  A coracle is a small lightweight circular boat used for fishing and transporation. (Ankur Dholakia )


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A villager watches the waves go by in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India. (Ankur Dholakia )


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Posh Spice, aka, Victoria Beckham, entertains the Palace crowd. (Ankur Dholakia | The Detroit News)



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Detroit firefighters come out of thick smoke as they climb back down from a house fire. (Ankur Dholakia | The Detroit News)


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Tiger Woods waits for his turn on the 18th hole in the final round of the 2006 Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Michigan on August 6, 2006. (Ankur Dholakia | The Detroit News)


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Actress Ashley Judd, who is married to Indy Car driver Dario Franchitti (not pictured), talks to a member of his pit crew before the start of the Firestone Indy 400 race at Brooklyn, Michigan on July 30, 2006. (Ankur Dholakia | The Detroit News)


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 A boy cools off in the rain during a break in action at the Firestone Indy 400 race in Brooklyn, Michigan on July 30, 2006. (Ankur Dholakia | The Detroit News)



ModelsA photographer takes a picture of a model with a Ferrari in the background at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. (Ankur Dholakia | The Detroit News)


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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, left, levels Detroit Red Wings’ Brad Stuart during game one of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Ankur Dholakia | The Detroit News)