Serena Chopra is a graduate in English Literature and Mass Communication. She was an entrepreneur for 20 years till in 2004 she returned to work with her twin passions - photography and journalism. Her first body of work on Bhutan led to solo shows in New Delhi, Bhutan and New York. A monograph of this work, Bhutan, A Certain Modernity, was published in 2007.
In May 2015 Serena has published her new book, titled THE ANCIENTS-BHUTAN DIARIES. An excerpt from the foreword of her book, by The Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck:
‘Serena Chopra’s The Ancients is the outcome of her travels throughout Bhutan over a period of twelve years. Having endured the harshest conditions traversing through remotest regions of the country to meet and interact with our people, she has written with deep insight and love of the places and people she has met and developed a great affection for them. From Laya in the North to Merak Sakten in the East, from Haa in the West to Samchi in the South,Serena has left a trail of friendship and goodwill………
Her accounts of the way of life in different parts of Bhutan, our ancient traditions, culture, our spiritual heritage have been beautifully and endearingly recorded with her sensitive heart and through her photographs.
This is a rare and special book which takes you to the real Bhutan in a way which will want you, the reader, to embark on a journey of discovery of the Land of the Thunder Dragon, I am proud to call my country.”
Serena, very sensitively, almost invisibly without intrusion, walks her viewers into an all-encompassing portal that reflects the many manifestations of the lives of her subjects, the people and places that she is moved by.
She has explored and delved into the life and times, truths and realities of resident Tibetan exiles who have made Majnu Ka Tilla, their home away from home in Delhi; she has participated in a photo exhibition at the Bonjour India Festival (2013) showcasing the remnants of a past French heritage in Chandernagore; she has photographed Naga sadhus at the Kumbh Mela (2010) in Haridwar and during Shivratri (2013) in Varanasi.
Serena is currently working on a travel story series on the Indian Himalayas that she calls ‘Himalayan Diaries’-beginning with the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. She is also working on a project in Kedarnath, capturing the traumas and the human resilience that followed the cloud burst tragedy of 2013.
She has recently completed Along The Ganga, which is a collection of 52 photographs that tell a visual story of her personal journey.It is the second in a series of picture notebooks, published under the banner “ Ageless India”.
I remember one of my first photographic exhibitions when an interested buyer said, "But why are your photographs so expensive? After all, you have negatives, don't you? You can print as many copies as you want."