Soumya Sankar Bose

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Soumya Sankar Bose
Midnapore, India
Years active2010-present
Known forPortrait,Documentary photography
Notable work
  • The Former Heroes of Jatra[1]
  • Full Moon On a Dark night[2]
  • Magnum Foundation's Photography and Social Justice Fellowship[3]
  • India Foundation For the Arts Grant 2015 & 17[4]

Soumya Sankar Bose is an Indian documentary photographer.[5]

Life and work[edit]

Soumya Sankar Bose is an independent documentary photographer,[6] born and brought up in Midnapore, India. His long term project on retired Jatra (Bengal)[7] artistes had been funded by India Foundation for the Arts. His work has appeared in The New York Times ,The Caravan,[8],[9] The Huffington Post, BBC,[10] The Indian Express,[11] and The Telegraph.[12]

Bose's work "Let's Sing an Old Song" explores concepts of nostalgia, modernity, performativity and the transformation of art in a changing world, his work both creates and documents reality. His portraits of Jatra artists are staged spectacles that evoke not only the tragedy of this waning tradition, but also those of its practitioners. Using photography as a performative medium rather than documentary tool, Bose brings an original approach to an often photographically explored space of dying art form in India.[13]

Immersing the viewer in a surreal universe is crucial to Bose’s project “Full moon on a Dark Night.” By way of those portraits, Bose conducts a psychological exploration of a community of individuals who have been relentlessly persecuted by society because of their identities and their gender or sexual orientations. The work looks closely at the LGBT community in eastern India through a fantastical lens, often projecting a world devoid of restrictive laws and social taboos that the community regularly comes up against. Other images in the work are responses to these very constraints imposed by the state and society. It is here that Bose makes use of visual metaphors—a gas mask, a tiger in the wild, a choppy sea engulfing a man struggling against the current—to evoke notions of censorship and surveillance and feelings of suffocation and anxiety. [14]


  1. ^ "The Caravan 2015".
  2. ^ "The New York Times".
  3. ^ "Magnum Foundation's Photography and Social Justice Fellowship".
  4. ^ "India Foundation For the Arts Grant".
  5. ^ "Goa Photo Festival 2015".
  6. ^ "Best Of Photography".
  7. ^ "Medium/Vantage 2015".
  8. ^ "The Caravan 2018".
  9. ^ " 2014".
  10. ^ "BBC".
  11. ^ "The Indian Express".
  12. ^ "The Telegraph".
  13. ^ "Tasveer Journal 2015".
  14. ^ "The Caravan 2018".

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