Suvendu Chatterjee is a Photographer , Media Entrepreneur and Human Rights Activist. He is Founder and Director of Drik India, the first overseas branch of the award winning media agency Drik, Bangladesh. ( www.drik.net/india)He was deeply involved with the Naxalite movement (ultra left movement in India in 60/70’s).Later, after being disillusioned & disenchanted from Naxalite politics he first took up writing, but soon realized something more than just the pen was needed to bring out the voice of the common people and photography was the obvious choice.
Suvendu did major assignments on subjects like :‘Diffused Identity’, the story of rickshaw pullers of Manipur, a north eastern state of India; Kumbh Mela, 2000: Pollution of Religion; Lives across the Eastern & Southern River Ganges; River Teesta, the lifeline of Sikkim, India; Tuberculosis in India; Environmental Pollution in India; Highway Menace- Truckers & HIV/AIDS; The time and lives of sex workers in India – the movement of empowerment. He is presently working on ‘Beyond the icon of ‘Grieving Mother’’ – the role of women in conflicting parts of India.
Major lecture presentations and publications:
On Visual Literacy ‘ Making Child Rights Visible & Challenging the Literates’; Faces of HIV/AIDS; the present trends of Indian photojournalism in Cyber age; Copyright Act & intellectual property of photographers in the present context of India; Communicative Photography –beyond the daily assignments; River Ganges and pollution of religion and Development and photographic practices in South Asia.
Other initiatives have included the following:
•Teaching photography to the children of sex workers of the red light areas of Kolkata
• Facilitating knowledge of photography to the domestic child workers in Kolkata and Midnapore district