Pradip Malde was born in Arusha, Tanzania. His parents were of east Indian origin but had emigrated to east Africa. He has lived and worked in India, Spain, Britain and the United States. After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1980 he lived in Orkney for four years and then taught at Napier University in Edinburgh. Throughout this period, Malde experimented with the platinum printing process. Since moving to the United States he has continued to explore photographic processing, teaching an innovative 'Chemistry and Art' course at a university in Tennessee.