Sayan Hazra, a documentary photographer and visual artist born in Howrah, divides his time between two Indian cities — Bengaluru and Kolkata. From an early age, he traveled extensively within India. After graduating in Computer Science & Engineering from the West Bengal University of Technology in 2007, he developed software for a decade. In 2018 he became a full-time freelance photographer. He was an event photographer and also photographed musical events for a range of clients. In the same year, he attended Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. He was the only person from Asia to receive the VII Foundation international scholarship to attend a series of photojournalism masterclasses in Warsaw, Poland in 2018-19. BBC featured his three works in 2018-19 — the first on an Indian tribe that gave up hunting to save forests, the second on the life in an Indian elderly home, and the third on the life of a Woman Disk Jockey in India. In 2019, Travel and Leisure published his documentation on the Hornbill festival in India as well as on the street art of Warsaw, Poland. In the same year, the Social & Political Research Foundation Journal published his work on electronic waste. In 2021, The Cortona On The Move collected his multimedia work "Truck Quarantine" as part of a permanent online archive on the Covid pandemic. In 2022, the Nature Journal commissioned him for their "Where I Work" project in India. Since 2020, the Diversify Photo community represents him as a person of color from the global south. The International Center of Photography in New York, awarded him the Director's Fellowship to pursue a one-year certificate program in "Documentary Practice & Visual Storytelling" in 2023.
2019: The Expendables— Kolkata International Photography Festival
INVITED TALKS: 2022: Lecture on “Social Media Application & Democratic Journalism”, Howrah Press Club, Howrah, India 2021: Artist talk on “How to fuse democratic journalism and remotely guided vernacular, photography using cross-platform social media applications?”, Fotofestín – Festival de Fotografía México, Mexico. 2020: Artist talk on “The Environmental Warriors of Khonoma, Nagaland”, Jaya He Museum Digital Carnival, Utsar 2020, Jaya He GVK New Museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Mumbai, India