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Kushal Ray CV Born in Kolkata in 1960, Kushal Ray is a journalist-turned photographer-painter. After graduating from Calcutta University in arts, he joined The Telegraph newspaper in 1982 as a sports journalist, and covered many International sporting events. He took to photography while working for the paper that published many of his photo essays. He left The Telegraph in 1991 and began working as an independent photographer. His first solo exhibition was successfully held in Peramal Gallery, NCPA, Mumbai in 1998 on Ladakh, titled Everyday life of an exotic land. The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi purchased one of his Ladakh works. In 1995 he joined Arts Acre, helmed by painter Subhaprasanna and worked in its studios for four years, taking part in many painting group shows. He also held two solo painting shows in Kolkata’s Academy of Fine Arts in 2001 and 2002.He also won an award in drawing at the Academy’s annual show in 2002. In 1998, he began a new project in photography, documenting the everyday life of a joint family in Kolkata. The project spanned more than a decade and culminated in his book Intimacies with an essay by author Kunal Basu. Ray’s work on the family was highly acclaimed even before the book came out. Mint Lounge did a cover story on him in 2010 and novelist Amit Chaudhuri took his work to the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK for a solo exhibition. He also took part in Relative values: some current trends in Indian photography, organized by the University of Southampton, UK in 2007; 1st Singapore International Photography Festival, 2008; Click! Contemporary Indian Photography, 2008 in Delhi; Where Three Dreams Cross, 150 years of photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in London, 2009-10. In 2012, when Intimacies, published by Niyogi Books came out, the leading photographer Dayanita Singh nominated the book for the best photobook award at Le Bal in Paris. In 2011, Ray was awarded a Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India for his work on Indian Railways, titled Once On A Train. In 2014, at the invitation of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) he did a talk and held a solo show at British Museum in London on the occasion of RAI’s programme “Anthropology and Photography”. Then he took part in Delhi Photo Festival and Chobi Mela in Dhaka. He also took part in the Bengal Divided exhibition in Dhaka and Singapore in 2017. He taught photography to sex workers’ children (UNICEF project), conducted an Oslo University-Drik India workshop in Kolkata and the workshops of his own—Making Images I and II. He also conducted a unique workshop, titled “ Painting and Photography—the Osmosis Effect” at Counterfoto in Dhaka in 2015. He was the resource person in photography in the induction programme of IIT Kharagpur in 2018. His on-going photography projects are: Ladakh, a syncretic living, and the Chinese community in Kolkata.

 

A Gandhian in Varanasi
A Gandhian in Varanasi
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Potrait of a Scooter
Potrait of a Scooter
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
The spirit of Kolkata
The spirit of Kolkata
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Cartpullers’ camaradarie
Cartpullers’ camaradarie
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Milkmen in Ahemadabad
Milkmen in Ahemadabad
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Rickshawpuller- Raghupati
Rickshawpuller- Raghupati
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
On the eve of Durgapuja
On the eve of Durgapuja
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Ganesha is above all
Ganesha is above all
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
On the day of Immersion
On the day of Immersion
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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