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A collective of diverse global creators harnessing the power of story.


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A collective of diverse global creators harnessing the power of story.


ABOUT POP

PURSUIT OF PORTRAITS (PoP)
We are a New York City-based agency that connects a community of global creators via curated experiences, brand activations, shared narratives, content creation and community building.

OUR INFRASTRUCTURE
We are inspired by the natural behaviors within the community: creative nomads, digital natives, thought leaders and social beings. We offer a breadth of programing that include intimate to large-scale events and experiences, commissioned & collaborative projects, global talent and our Instagram platform where we feature talent, showcase innovation, measure partnerships and extend narratives.

OUR SERVICES
We have helped launch brands to acquire new customers, delivered world class campaign assets for our strategic partners and clients, and hosted co-branded events. Our services include scouting talent, influencer-driven campaigns, launch activations, crowdsourced content, photo shoots, Instagram-driven promotions and features to community building efforts.

OUR PHILOSOPHY
We strive to shape culture through the power of story. In an age where social influence and popularity is the new currency, we stand for cultural diversity, inclusivity in the marketplace, supporting people of color, gender equality and empowerment through uniqueness in personal and professional pursuits. We believe in the mantra that are “We are all influencers” who inspire by example. We measure our impact in humanity, not in likes alone.

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The Global Pursuit / Community


1 Year , 5 Continents, 21+ Countries. Learn More >

The Global Pursuit / Community


1 Year , 5 Continents, 21+ Countries. Learn More >

THE GLOBAL PURSUIT
A collection of photographs and stories from the journey that started in November 2017 by Pursuit of Portraits (PoP) founder and photographer Saunak Shah across 5 continents and over 21+ countries over 1 year, furthering the mission of PoP 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 inspire creatives globally. Learn More >

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Commissioned / Partnerships


Harnessing the power of story. Case Studies >

Commissioned / Partnerships


Harnessing the power of story. Case Studies >

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PARTNERSHIPS AT POP
Our commissioned partnerships are meticulously well-thought endeavors keeping in mind brand voice, business goals and marketing objectives. Every nuance of deliverable is vetted out to produce content that is not only flawless but relevant through use of technology, design, insight and execution.

A few of our case studies include activations where we have flown photographers to Reykjavik to cover a fashion show for an Icelandic designer, sent influencers from various countries to Madrid to test a latest smartphone for a YouTube series, curated an experiential photo exhibition in New York City on the 21st floor of a popular hotel, sent creators to Shanghai for a private co-branded event activation and covered SXSW in Austin through the lens of “trusted friends” for a Mezcal brand. Our latest partnership with a leading stock-image company takes PoP to Indonesia, Malaysia, India and USA mobilizing thousands of creators; no matter now big or small the gig, we’ve always taken on projects that we believe in and delivered on stories that are amplified by the power of shared and meaningful experiences.

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Collaboration / Partnerships


Pushing the creative pursuits. CASE STUDIES >

Collaboration / Partnerships


Pushing the creative pursuits. CASE STUDIES >

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CREATIVE PURSUITS AT POP
Fueled by a desire to embrace diversity and celebrate inclusivity, PoP has used social media and digital influence to positively impact and support all races and cultures, minorities, gender equality, the LGBTQ community, and all lifestyles, through the Pursuit of Portraits platforms. Our collaborations within the community are a testament to showcase the range of projects we undertake sheerly for the love of the culture and the pursuit of portraits.

Our past projects have ranged from in-person collaborations mobilizing people of color in over 21 countries, covering cultural festivals in New York City, working with LGBTQ creatives, promoting women empowerment within the Islamic community, creating impact within emerging African creatives in Nairobi to name a few and we are always looking forward to shed light on different facets of humanity.


The true portrait captures intimacy; it reveals deep emotion and bold ambition. A portrait captures the soul — an enduring value. It is this never-ending pursuit that drives the creative’s passion, interests, and the ongoing refinement of their craft.

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PoP Creatives


EMAIL US TO MAKE AN INQUIRY OR GET A PROPOSAL

PoP Creatives


EMAIL US TO MAKE AN INQUIRY OR GET A PROPOSAL

THE TEAM AT POP REPRESENTS CREATIVES IN OVER 35+ COUNTRIES. EMAIL US IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR TALENT, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND MODELS. OUR CORE TEAM CONSISTS OF SUPPORTERS AND ADVOCATES BASED OUT OF NEW YORK CITY.

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SAUNAK SHAH

Founder / CREative DIRECTOR

Saunak Shah is an Indian-born, New York City-based creative and the torchbearer behind PoP. With over 13 years in the advertising industry, Saunak has fueled his professional life as an Art Director. Saunak recently led the Global Pursuit over 1 year to 5 continents and over 21+ countries with PoP. His work focuses on the underlying narrative of people, the environments they live in and highlight themes around sense of place, people of color, fashion and identity.


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KARSTON TANNIS

COMMUNITY LEAD

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Karston “Skinny” Tannis has always had an affinity for visual arts and exploration. Specializing in portraiture, Karston was introduced to photography and film through his participation in New York City’s BMX scene as a way to document the adventure. When Karston isn’t coasting on his BMX bike in Brooklyn, he can be found capturing the essence and energy of various socialites in numerous scenes and subcultures.