Soumya Sankar Bose (India) is a documentary photographer. In his practice he uses photography, archival material, text to explore desire, identity and memory.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, Soumya will focus on developing a visual book from newspaper archives of post-Cold War civil unrest in Europe and post-partition violence in South Asia.

Soumya was awarded Magnum Foundation’s Social Justice Fellowship for his project Full Moon on a dark night and in 2018 he also received Magnum Foundations’ Migration and Religion Grant. Many of his other projects have also received support, including from: The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art’s Amol Vadehra Art Grant, The Agroecology Fund, Murthy Nayak Foundation Photobook Grant, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan’s Five Million Incidents, Henry Luce Foundation’s Grant and India Foundation for the Arts Grant (thrice).

His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, NPR, Granta, BBC, British Journal of Photography, The Caravan, Indian Express and many more. He has worked on commission for clients including Le Monde, HSBC Bank, Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, The Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Acumen, and The Wall Street Journal.

Soumya’s first self-published book Where the Birds never sing was selected as PHmuseum’s Best Photobooks of 2020 and was Shortlisted for the Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation First Photobook Award and for the Lucie Photo Book prize 2021.

Soumya Sankar Bose was born and raised in Midnapore. Now lives and works in Kolkata and is represented by Experimenter Gallery.


Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and Charles Wallace India Trust


Summer 2022




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