Nilayan Dutta is a self-taught photojournalist. He was born in 1973 in Calcutta, India. He found his interest in photography at the age of 19 during his frequent visit to a library named Chitrabani in his home city and since then he started studying photography by himself with the enormous collection of books on photography that the library had. He was highly influenced by the work of European and American photographers like Robert Capa, Cartier Bresson, Joseph Kaudelka, Eugene Richards and Sebastiao Salgada as well as by Indian photographers such as Kishor Parekh and Raghubir Singh. Nearly after two years of studying photography through books, he borrowed a Zenith camera from a friend and began to take photographs. In 1996 he joined The Telegraph, a leading English daily newspaper in Calcutta as a stringer photographer.
Nilayan completed his internship with Fokus Agency and GEO magazine in Germany in 2004. His internship was funded and awarded by the educational wing of World Press Photo. He also has been awarded with the media fellowship by PANOS. Besides doing regular assignments he also has completed many long and short term documentary projects. Nilayan also works as visiting lecturer of photography at the Techno India college in Calcutta and at the College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Kathmandu.
Nilayan Dutta’s Noteworthy Photographic Achievements:
•He has contributed photographs to Reuters and the Associated Press.
•Nilayan’s work has been published in many national and international publications and webzines including World Press Photo, Corriere Della Serra, Far Eastern Economic Review, El Mondo, Chronicle of Philanthropic, Tehelka, Rediff News & Outlook
•His photographs have been collected at the National Gallery of Modern Arts in India for a permanent exhibition and also by many individual collectors in Europe.