Sebastian John is a photo editor who has lived and worked in two of the world’s biggest democracies – United States and India. Born and brought up in Bombay, Sebastian traces his ancestral roots to Kerala, and spent most of his childhood in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. He ventured into the world of photography after a MS in Geology and MA in Journalism. Initially trying to cut his teeth as a photojournalist, a photo workshop introduced him to the world of a photo editor. Ever since he has lived his professional life curating and killing images, occasionally venturing out to write and photograph long-term essays.

Sebastian currently works as a media editor at K12 Inc. in Washington DC, developing visual content for school curriculum.

He now lives in Washington DC area with his wife, and pursues judo, cooking, and philately.


Media Editor (contract) – K12 Inc. Herndon, VA. Jan. 2009 – Present
Federal Editorial Services Contractor – SPAN, New Delhi and Washington DC. 2005 – 2011
News Photo Editor (contract) – National Geographic News, Washington DC. June 2007 – Dec. 2008
Freelance Photographer – The Eureka Reporter, Eureka, CA. Dec. 2008 – Feb. 2007
Photo Editor – The Associated Press, New Delhi, India. Nov. 2002 – Sept. 2006.
Picture Coordinator – The Week, Cochin, India. Feb. 2002 – Nov. 2002
Photo Researcher and Librarian – Businessworld, New Delhi, India. Sep. 1999 – Feb. 2002
Photographer (Contract) – Outlook, New Delhi and Trivandrum, India. May 1998 – Aug. 1999
Reporter and Desk Editor – Travel Market India, Trivandrum, India. Sept. 1997 – Sept. 1998

MA in Communication and Journalism (1996-98) – Kerala University, India, thesis on Indian family images in advertising
MS in Geology (1994-96) – Kerala University, India, thesis in sedimentology,
BS in Geology (1991-94) – University of Calicut, with minors in chemistry and statistics,

Languages – English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and basic Swahili.