|Born in 1991, Swastik Pal is a graduate from Calcutta University, India. After completing his post graduate diploma in mass communication from Jadavpur University, he received full scholarship to pursue Diploma in Photojournalism, at the Asian Center for Journalism, a World Press Photo partner organization at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
He is keenly interested in documentary photography and editorial writing. Presently he is an independent photographer/writer based in Calcutta, working on long term projects. He works with Barcroft Media, Open Magazine, Indian Express, The Hindu business and other leading magazines for editorial assignments. He has been commissioned and published by international agencies such as The Financial Times (London), BBC, Quartz, MSN and Al Jazeera.
He was nominated for the prestigious Joop Swart World Press Masterclass in 2015 and 2017.
He is currently pursuing a Masters in Film Studies from Jadavpur University, Calcutta.
The Sunday Guardian | Al Jazeera | Times of India | OPEN | BBC | GALLI | The Indian Express | Private Photo Review | Financial Times (UK) | Tasveer Journal | Silvershotz | indiatimes.com | Better Photography | Quartz | MSN Weather | The Hindu – Blink | Fountain Ink | Catch News | Getty Images | Livemint| Homegrown |
# Print Exhibition of “My Uncle Tukka” at the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta – curated by Probir Gupta – 22th – 28th March 2017.
# Print exhibition of “My Uncle Tukka” at the Alliance Francaise , New Delhi- Gurgaon Centre, September 30-October 24, 2016.
# Solo show at the Indian Habitat Centre, Plaza steps, March 9th-15, 2016.
# Print exhibition of “The Hungry Tide” at the Photo Pondy 2016.
# Print exhibition at the Chennai Photo Biennale 2016.
# Ian Parry Scholarship 2015 group print exhibition, London.
# Projection of “My Uncle Tukka” at the 11th edition of the Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2015.
# Projection of “My Uncle Tukka” at the Photo Kathmandu festival’s inaugural edition, 2015.
# The Theatre of Real Life curated by Wolfgang Zuborn at the National Institute of Design, India, 2015.
# Solo print exhibition of “The Hungry Tide” at the Documentary Arts Asia Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2015.
# Projection of “The Hungry Tide” curated by Marco Wiegers at the Obscura Festival Of Photography, 2015.
# Projection of “The Hungry Tide” at the Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, 2015.
# The Theatre of Real Life curated by Wolfgang Zuborn at the Indira Gandhi International Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, 2014.
# The Theatre of Real Life curated by Wolfgang Zuborn at the Cafe de flore, Alliance Francaise de Pondichéry, 2015
# Exhibited at the Delhi Photo Festival 2013, Evening Slide Shows at the Indian Habitat Centre.
# Photo Exhibit at Commonwealth Festival Perth, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (23-30 October) 2011.
# Scholarship Student, KATE EDWARD & JONATHAN TORGOVNIK’s CHANGING IDEAS WORKSHOP, INDIA, 2011.
# Scholarship Student, MUNEM WASIF’s DRIK WORKSHOP, INDIA, 2012.
# Scholarship Student, SAM HARRIS, Workshop, Australian High Commission/ Emaho
# Invited for Angkor Photo Workshop in Siem Reap Cambodia, as one of the 38 emerging photographers from Asia, 2012.
# Selected for Delhi Photo Festival (2013) workshop in association with Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.
# Invited for the Urban Water Workshop at the Chennai Photo Biennale, 2016.
Awards / Grants
# Entry to the 2011 Commonwealth Photographic Awards has been selected for Exhibition.
# MFI Yes Bank National Photo Contest- Honourable mention-Daily life, 2012.
# Jury Commendation- The TOTO awards in association with TASVEER, 2015.
# NFI National Media Fellowship – 2015.
# Nominated: Joop Swart World Press Master Class 2015.
# Jury Commendation- The TOTO awards in association with TASVEER, 2016.
# Nominated: Joop Swart World Press Master Class 2017.