Ranita Roy is currently based out of Andul, India.
She completed her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Asutosh College, Kolkata, India in 2019. Joined Thomson Reuters as Contributor from March 2019.
While growing up in Andul, she enjoyed releasing the shutter of her father’s box camera and was excited when the flash triggered. She was five years old at the time.
It wouldn’t be until 2015 that she fell in love with photography. It was during a hard time in her life. She was battling severe depression and inadvertently found herself coping with her camera. She lost herself in the viewfinder. It made her forget about the world around her, but it put a different world directly in front of her.
Ranita’s traditional upbringing meant she had been expected to marry and have children after leaving school, but she explained to her parents it wasn’t her destiny.
She continued to practice and develop her skills with street photography, capturing her culture and the daily life of people. It brought her joy, but not meaning. She found meaning when she turned the camera around to photograph her family.
Ranita began photographing her grandmother, Chhordima, whose lively, independent lifestyle against a male-dominated society brought inspiration. Those images were in an exhibition in Kolkata and another with the International Women Photographers Association.
Those images paid tribute to her grandmother.
She then turned the camera’s lens around to herself when she suffered from sleep paralysis. Her friends and relatives doubted her condition, so she began documenting her experiences.
Her personal images and experiences were published in The New York Times Lens Blog and she found countless reader emails of people relating to her story and thanking her for being able to capture the terror of sleep paralysis and making them visible.
Her dedication and contribution to photography landed her inArtpil’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers 2018
Ranita was also awarded inThe 7th National Photography Award of India, the country’s highest photography honor. It brought honor to her small town of Andul.
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Bengali, Hindi and English.
M.Sc. Environmental Science (2017-2019), Vidyasagar University, India
B.Sc. Biological Science, University of Calcutta, India
The New York Portfolio Review (2019)
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Kolkata, India (2018)
Timothy Allen Photography Workshop in Sharjah, UAE (2018)
New Directions on Documentary Photo, Magnum Photos Sohrab Hura (2018)
National Geographic Photo Camp (2018)
Marilyn Stafford 2018 FotoReportage Awards winners_25 July_20019, at After Nyne Gallery, London.
7th National Photography Award Exhibition National Media Center in Delhi_2019
Exhibit in Dhaka International Photo Festival 2019
Xposure International Photography Festival 2018
30 Under 30 Women Photographers Artpil 2018_ at LILLE and PARIS (France)
International Women Photographer Award 2017 _ at Saudi Arabia, France, India, Dubai