The Global Pursuit (POP x RY EDITION) is a journey with Saunak Shah; Founder of Pursuit of Portraits (PoP) and New York City-based portrait photographer as he travels with 36 remote professionals over 4 continents capturing their portraits and stories; one city at a time.


The Global Pursuit (at large) is a collection of photographs and stories from the journey across 21+ countries over 1 year, furthering the mission of Pursuit of Portraits to bring the creative community together by bridging the gap between online and in-person connections, fostering positive relationships, providing a platform and visibility for emerging artists, and sharing stories that empower and influence creatives globally. (Click here to learn more).

Since November 2017 Saunak has spent time in Vietnam, China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, United States, South Africa, Kenya, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico, reaching a global network of over 50 million people.

The Global Pursuit (PoP x Remote Year Edition) is a personal project that Saunak started when he met 36 traveling companions for the first time back in Hanoi, Vietnam and decided to capture their portraits over the year in a city of their choice. The project covers 11 of the 21+ countries visited on The Global Pursuit. Fueled by the passion of storytelling and portraiture this project (PoP xRY Edition) aims to highlight facets of personal and professional growth that come with travel.

Saunak says, “In a marketplace where nomadic work culture is still uncommon, it was important for me to tell a story that brings forth the humanity of people and showcase how sense of place impacts productivity and state of mind”.

Above are select photos and stories of individuals who were part of the RY SISU (Nov 2017 – Nov 2018) 1-year program including city teams, photographed by Saunak Shah.

“You cannot put this year into words, but Saunak put it into pictures”, says Erin Brennan, creative brand consultant and founder of Women on a Mission.


The Global Pursuit (PoP x RY Edition) debuted at LAB1 in Bogota, Colombia on Saturday, October 27th in partnership with Remote Year. Remote Year is a company that brings together groups of inspiring professionals to travel, live, and work remotely in different cities around the world for a year or four months.

“A special thanks to Aaron & Rima; our inspiring team leads and everyone who helped make this project (and event) a success. To all the Sisu’s for par-taking and indulging in MY year-long journey. There’s something inherently special about small projects that lead to leave a big impact, projects that take considerable time-commitment and care during incubation but leave you with a sense of amazement when they’re finally complete. This was all worth it is the feeling I GET when I see it ALL come together”.