Sayan Hazra is a documentary photographer, visual artist, and National Geographic Explorer born in Howrah, and now divides his time between two Indian cities — Bengaluru and Kolkata. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the West Bengal University of Technology, he developed software for a decade. In 2018, Sayan decided to become a full-time freelance photographer and started his career as an event and music photographer. That same year, Sayan also attended the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. He was the only person from Asia to receive the VII Foundation international scholarship to participate in a series of 2018-2019 Photojournalism Masterclasses in Warsaw, Poland. He started focusing on personal projects to work on subjects he deeply cares about. Since then, he has been published by BBC (2018-2019), Travel and Leisure (2019), Social and Political Research Foundation Journal (2019), Broad Magazine (2020), and Nature Journal (2022). In 2021, the international photography festival "Cortona On The Move" collected his multimedia work "Truck Quarantine" as part of a permanent online archive on the Covid pandemic. The International Center of Photography in New York awarded him the Director's Fellowship (for the 2023 academic year) to pursue a one-year certificate program in Documentary Practice & Visual Storytelling. In 2023, Sayan received a National Geographic Society Storytelling Grant to work on his project that looks at the impact of urban growth on greenspaces in Bengaluru, India. Since 2020, the Diversify Photo community represents him as a person of color from the global south.
GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / SCHOLARSHIPS:
2023: National Geographic Explorer Grant
2022: Director's Fellowship from The International Center of Photography in New York to pursue a one-year certificate program in Documentary Practice & Visual Storytelling (2023 academic year).
2018: Only person from Asia to receive the VII Foundation international scholarship to participate in a series of 2018-2019 Photojournalism Masterclasses in Warsaw, Poland.
2019: The Expendables— Kolkata International Photography Festival
INVITED TALKS: 2022: Lecture on “Social Media Application & Democratic Journalism”, Howrah Press Club, Howrah, India 2021: Artist talk on “How to fuse democratic journalism and remotely guided vernacular, photography using cross-platform social media applications?”, Fotofestín – Festival de Fotografía México, Mexico. 2020: Artist talk on “The Environmental Warriors of Khonoma, Nagaland”, Jaya He Museum Digital Carnival, Utsar 2020, Jaya He GVK New Museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Mumbai, India