Sonny Thakur

Co-Founder, GRID Photo Editor

Sonny is the Photo Editor at GRID. His images have appeared in Rogue, Esquire, Elle Decoration, Smile, Travel + Leisure SEA, Harpers Bazar Korea, and Mind Food; his commercial work includes Hershey's, Aboitiz Group and BBDO Guerrero. He has attended The Angkor Photo Workshop and the Delhi Photo Workshop; he is currently represented by Getty Global Assignments. He also fixes up a mean cocktail and a great cup of coffee. His travel essentials include an Aeropress and portable grinder.

http://www.sonnythakur.com
The chef-owners of Lampara have been putting out fires since the beginning, but it hasn’t stopped them from keeping the stoves burning.

Keeping the Light On

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For Frankfurt Book Fair 2021, we've got stories on crime, climate, indigenous textiles, and Philippine cuisine.
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What’s on our reading list? — Myth, Magic, Cities

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The End of the Night Out

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Baguio City was the first in the country to reopen its doors to travelers. Months later, the locals still lean on each other for support, as they never know how long those doors will stay open.
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Over the Hills and Far Away

Baguio City was the first in the country to reopen its doors to travelers. Months later, the locals still lean on each other for support, as they never know how long those doors will stay open.

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Back to Anilao, Part II

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Back to El Nido

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30 Mins. With Tarzeer Pictures

What sets one gallery apart from the others? As creative agency and gallery Tarzeer Pictures launches its sophomore exhibition—we set out to find out.

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Catching Up With Old Friends

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The Path Of Pan de Sal

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The Price of Salt

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Palawan is known for its pristine waters and incomparable shores. But within the island lies a history of its people’s crafts that runs as deep as the waters surrounding it.
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Threads that Bind

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Notes on Maguindanao

A datu goes to his hometown with food history on his mind, and returns with more.

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A Man Called Horsefly & Other Stories From the Masbate Rodeo

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Despite the immovable forces of commercial beer, the craft brewers are still here. GRID takes the Ford Everest on a trip up north to La Union, down to the bottom of a beer mug.
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The Northern Brew

Despite the immovable forces of commercial beer, the craft brewers are still here. GRID takes the Ford Everest on a trip up north to La Union, down to the bottom of a beer mug.

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Nonprofit organization Balyena has spent nearly a decade pursuing humpback whales across the Babuyan Islands, and return to the human communities that call these islands home.
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Sing For the Moment

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The GRID Expedition II

Scientists, conservationists, travel industry professionals, fishermen, and travelers speak to us about the state of our oceans.

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In the Wake of the Storm

Catching fish had always come easy in Bantayan Island, once hailed the Fishing Capital of the Visayas. Until one day, it wasn’t.

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You Can Bet the Farm

When a city girl moves to a farm, she finds there is a lot of work that goes into an idyllic life.

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The story of Culion: its past, its present, and the people bringing it into the future.
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The Lazarus Effect

The story of Culion: its past, its present, and the people bringing it into the future.

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On the tough trail of the Cordillera mountain marathon, you can either break a leg or learn how to grow a conscience.
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Running High

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Surfing

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