Beyond Street | When I first started the project there was no idea in my mind.
In the beginning, the initial intent for me was to capture a nice frame (aesthetically). In my mind, it was always to capture one single image from my entire day/night outing.
I used to walk miles after miles just waiting for the moments to unfold in front of me and with the single mindset of not altering or manipulating the reality and respecting the candidness of the situation.
One fine day I suddenly started looking at my prints and all of a sudden I realize there is a coherence of form/patterns/content etc.
Maybe ten years down the line this project will have the social/cultural value of how streets in India perceived and captured by someone belongs to this part of the world.
COUNTRY | India
BIO | Swarat Ghosh is an Indian photographer based in Hyderabad.
His photography has been published in several national and international magazines, including but not limited to – The Washington Post, Burn Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, and International Street Photographer. His work has also been presented in Brussels, London, Paris, Glasgow, Istanbul, Thailand, Pondicherry, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Currently, Swarat is part of Agency VII’s mentorship program.
Furthermore, he was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass 2019, organized by World Press Photo.
During that same year, he won awards under the “Series” categories of two major street photography festivals – the London Street Photography Festival and Brussels’s Street Photography Festival.
In 2017, he was a finalist in “Lens Culture”, a street photography competition. In 2016, he won the prestigious “Neel Dongre Grants Awards for Excellence in Photography”, organized by the India Photo Archive Foundation.
In 2018, his work, “Beyond Street”, was featured in a print exhibition for the Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad, as well as an exhibition for North Carolina’s Eyes on Main Street Wilson Indoor Photo Festival.
In 2017, his photographs were screened at the Odessa/Batumi Photo Days 2017 in Georgia, and the Photography Festival Maribor in Slovenia. His earlier work has been displayed on several platforms, including the Pondy Photo Fest Pondicherry 2014, in Pondicherry, India.
Swarat was born and brought up in the Black Diamond district, also known as the Coal Capital of India, Dhanbad. His parents currently reside in the suburbs of Kolkata.
His father is a retired General Manager of BCCL, and his mom is a housewife. His elder sister is a freelance content writer working in Kolkata. His wife is a primary school teacher and together, they have a 9-year-old son called Sheyan.
He is thankful for his family, friends, and colleagues for their enormous support and for being his source of inspiration as he continues his journey in the field of photography.
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