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.
Joined Thomson Reuters as Contributor from March 2019
Working with WaterAid India (Fellowship) 2019-2020
2019 M.Sc. Environmental Science (2017-2019), Vidyasagar University, India
2019-2020 Women Photograph Mentorship Class
2019 Selected to attend the emotional and physical resilience training in with ROAAAR. Supported by the IWMF and Blink
2018 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop (Kolkata, India) Scholarship from NOOR
2018 Timothy Allen Photography Workshop (Sharjah, UAE) Scholarship
2018 New Directions on Documentary Photo, Magnum Photos Sohrab Hura (India)
2018 National Geographic Photo Camp (India)
2015 B.Sc. Biological Science, University of Calcutta, (India)
2019 Marilyn Stafford 2018 FotoReportage Awards winners_25 July, at After Nyne Gallery, ( London).
2019 7th National Photography Award Exhibition National Media Center in Delhi (INDIA)
2019 Exhibit in Dhaka International Photo Festival (Bangladesh)
2018 Xposure International Photography Festival 2018 (Sharjah, UAE)
2018 30 Under 30 Women Photographers Artpil 2018_ at LILLE and PARIS (France)
2017 International Women Photographer Award 2017 _ at Saudi Arabia, France, India, Dubai.