Behind the Lens

Soumya Shankar Ghosal is a Kolkata based Street and Documentary Photographer. With over a decade’s experience, he has won numerous accolades in India and internationally.

To enthuse Street Photography enthusiasts he founded of one of the largest Street Photography movement dedicated to a city – “Streets of Calcutta”, which has a follower base of 20,000+.


Special Mention Award from CGAP – World Bank in 2013, Grand Winner of Red Frames FOMC 2013 and winner of several other Photography Contests held by Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus etc.

An independent voting system (15,000+ votes)  implemented by has placed him at number 3 in “The 20 most influential Street Photography of 2017” globally.

He is regularly invited as a Speaker at Photography Seminars, interviewed on Radio, conducts intensive task oriented Photography Workshops and Blogs on Photography.


Soumya’s work has been published in several publications including:, National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet, 1X, Better Photography, Life Force Magazine, DPS (Digital Photography School), Fujifilm India, Sigma,, CNN Travel, Creative IMAGE, Getty Images, Scroll, The Times of India, YourStory , DNA, The Tribune, The Telegraph, The Photographic Angle, Roli  Books, Top Photography Films, Asian Photography Magazine, Conflating Visions, Writing through light to name a few and his articles have been regularly featured in Epson Fotoflock.

India 5 Senses, 1X Year Book Mono and World Street Photography Coffee Table Books featured his work.

Industry Association:

Soumya was invited by Facebook as the Curator for the first official Instagram exhibition held in India during January 2016.

He has been associated with various Photography projects across several brands and industry domains including:

IBM, Idea Cellular, Amazon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Sigma, Tamron, Indus Towers, Asian Photography Magazine, Apeejay Group, ITC Hotels, Lalit Great Eastern, Vivo, Turtle.

Education Initiatives:

Photography Education plays a vital role in his endeavor for creating a shared learning platform. He has initiated Photography projects in various capacities and roles at prestigious educational institutes including:

IIM Calcutta, Presidency University, South City College, WBUT, Medical College Kolkata, NRS Medical College, IISWBM, BIMS, Bhawanipur Education Society and Techno India.

Soumya is regularly invited to judge Photography competitions. He been a part of Photography for Philanthropy projects. He was the Quiz Master in the newly introduced “Photography” category for Kolkata Quiz Festival.

Education & Profession:

Apart from a degree in Systems Management, Microsoft Certified Professional and a Lloyd’s UK Register certified ISO 9000 Internal Auditor he holds a first class degree in MBA (Finance). Professionally he is an independent Management Consultant serving MSME clientele.