Finalist

Santanu Dey
Independent
India

Babita Agarkar is the wife of Lt. Dadarao Agarkar who committed suicide by consuming poison on 5th June 2015. As of today her debt of Rupees 35000 has not been forgiven. She has to repay the principal with high interest. She runs her family with the wages earned by farming.

Santanu’s work often moves along the intersection of art, documentary and attempts to dive deep into mythology, cultural narratives and socio-political issues. He tries to tell stories of his personal experiences regarding contemporary social issues from his own perspective. He heard a lot of stories from his father and grandfather, that their ancestral home was in Bangladesh, but due to partition in 1947, they migrated and settled at South Kolkata. He has been researching since 2017 on India’s partition and post-partition condition and social structure through a collaborative and research-based practice rooted in documentary photography and cultural anthropology. As a documentary photographer, he can see the present world as a part of the continuation of great human historical stories. He needs to question, understand and access the world close to him. His work was selected as a 6X6 Global Talent Asia by World Press Photo Foundation, 2020 and they published his 1st part of the partition trilogy ‘Lost Legacy’ on Witness Magazine, 2021. He received Social Documentary Grant by Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, Delhi, 2019. He was a winner of Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, 2019. His works have been exhibited in Lumix Festival for Young Visual Journalism, 2020, Jakarta International Photo Festival, 2019, Indian Photography Festival, 2019, Kolkata Polyphony Photo Festival, 2018 & 2020.
[ PORTRAITS ] A single photograph of a person or group of people that increases the understanding and appreciation of the subject(s). Selfies or self-portraits are acceptable. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 10 images. The images must be taken in 2021.
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