Chinlop Fudong Lepcha was born in 23 December, 1977 and brought up in a humble Lepcha family in Kalimpong, District Darjeeling, West Bengal. Ever since his childhood he has been an ardent admirer of the mystical landscape, the flora and fauna of the region nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. He began sketching at an early age but this did not quite satisfy his growing artistic inclinations. Fortunately at the age of fourteen he came to possess his first camera, a Yashica FX3 Super. After taking the first shot he has not been able to stop. He began experimenting with various filters and light source and discovered the fascinating effects. Gradually, he began to see a reflection of himself in the photographs that he took. Since than there has been no looking back.
Chinlop has done a diploma in photography from the Birla Institute of Futuristic Studies, Kolkata. There he was fortunate enough to study under the guidance of an esteemed faculty consisting of renowned photographers like Mr. Arun Ganguly, Mr. Jayanta Shaha and Mr. Vivek Das. Currently Chinlop works as a photo Journalist for the national daily “The Telegraph” and local news papers. His photographs are regularly published in various tourism and travel magazines. He is also the member of numerous photography sites like; shuttercity.com, deviantart.com and eyefetch.com wherein he has won various online photo contests.
Chinlop is truly a man of few words, indeed his photographs speak for him.
Chinlop’s noteworthy photographic achievements.
1.Taking nature and landscape as the theme he had his first solo photo exhibition in the year 1999, 2003 and 2004 respectively.
2.He won a consolation prize in the 15th national photo contest organized by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, New Delhi.
3. A picture of a young Lepcha Archer has been used as the cover photo for a book on Lepcha Grammar by Dr. Heleen Plaisier Universiteit Leiden.