T. S. Satyan

Tambrahalli Subramanya Satyanarayana Iyer, popularly known T. S. Satyan (18 December 1923 – 13 December 2009) was an Indian photojournalist

T S Satyan
Tambrahalli Subramanya Satyanarayana Iyer

(1923-12-18)18 December 1923
Died13 December 2009(2009-12-13) (aged 85)
Mysore, India


Satyan was born and educated in Mysore. He studied at the city's Banumaiah school and gained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Maharaja College. In 2004 he

Professional careerEdit

Satyan began his journalism career with a state English daily and worked for The Illustrated Weekly before quitting the profession to become a freelancer and take up the assignments of UNICEF. He began working for WHO as a freelance photojournalist in the early 1960s. From 1961 to 1963, he worked with the WHO Regional Office in South-East Asia to produce several photo reports on health work in India. He photographed WHO's smallpox eradication campaign as well as eye-care, nursing and school health programmes. His work was featured in several issues of the World Health magazine.[1]

His images were regularly published in the Illustrated Weekly of India, Life, Time, India Today, Outlook, Deccan Herald and Newsweek.[2]


Satyan died on 13 December 2009 after suffering a brain haemorrhage. He is survived by his wife Nagarathna, two sons and a daughter.[3]

Awards and recognitionsEdit


  • Exploring Karnataka
  • Hampi – the Fabled Capital of the Vijaynagar Empire
  • In Love with Life
  • Kalakke Kannada – his memoirs in Kannada
  • Alive and Clicking


  1. ^ "Tambarahalli S. Satyan". WHO. WHO International. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Ordinary Indians, extraordinary images". Rediff.com. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  3. ^ "T S Satyan passes away". The Times of India. 13 December 2009. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2011.