About Me

Dr. Rishi Deka, also known as Rishi The Refined, is an American academic, award-winning independent photojournalist, and multi-genre author. He is based in San Diego, California, USA and can be reached at rdeka@ucsd.edu or dekart@rishideka.com.

Dr. Deka's unique background has received regional press throughout Southern California including La Jolla Light (February 2021), Shoutout SoCal (November 2020), The Times of San Diego (April 2020), and San Diego Voyager Magazine (May 2018):





Dr. Deka is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in Radiation Oncology and an Instructor in Biostatistics I and II at UC San Diego. His medical authorship includes JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases:


His award-winning photojournalism has been published in 46 countries across all continents including North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and South America. The diverse array of people that have been captured with his lens include Ringo Starr, Lana Del Rey, Tiger Woods, Joe Biden, Laurence Fishburne, Dua Lipa, Camila Morrone, John Legend, Paula Abdul, Florence Welch, Andrea Bocelli, Kiefer Sutherland, Lizzy Caplan, Cheech & Chong, George Lopez, Billy Bob Thornton, Alicia Garza, Madison Beer, Post Malone, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, Common, Questlove, Black Thought, Cynthia Erivo, Karol G, Gloria Trevi, Alison Wonderland, Kevin Rudd, Paul Rudd, Sting, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton. Dr. Deka has also received an award for his coverage of Black Lives Matter.

Dr. Deka's photojournalism is circulated by news agencies such as ZUMA Press, Shutterstock Editorial, Reuters, and Associated Press:


Photography publications and countries include:

Yahoo! News, Tencent QQ, MSN, The Guardian, Daily Mail, USA Today, ABC, NPR (KCRW), T-Online, Bild, The Sun, El País, RT, Libération, Deutsche Welle, SINA, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Milenio, Radio Nacional Argentina, Newstalk Radio Ireland, Mediaset, Bertelsmann, Reason Magazine, Good Morning America, and Wall Street Journal.

North America: United States, Mexico, Canada.

Europe: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Malta, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Czechia, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania.

Eurasia: Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan.

Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Oman.

Oceania: Australia.

Africa: Ethiopia, South Africa.

South America: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela.

Dr. Deka's journalism and poetry has been featured in The Daily Utah Chronicle, The Triton, Poetry Quarterly, The Times of San Diego, and Shoutout SoCal:





His abstract psychedelic photography can be seen on Fine Art America:


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