Born in 1965, Swapan Nayak is an independent photographer based in Kolkata, India who started working professionally from 1995 and has worked in editorial photography for various publications both in India and abroad. He was awarded the National Media Fellowship (2002-2003) by the National Foundation for India, the Nirmaan photography fellowship award in 2006 and the National Senior Fellowship in photography (visual art) for the period of 2009-2011 by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Nayak has held three main solo exhibitions, ‘Nowhere People’, ‘Refugees In Their Own Land’ and ‘Being & Nothingness’, and was also part of the group exhibition ‘Click! Contemporary photography from India’ organised by the Vadehra Art Gallery in 2008. His work has further been published in several international magazines; Time, News Week, Asia Week and Southern Exposure, amongst others.