Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Ronny Sen (1986) was born in Silchar, Assam. He moved to Salt Lake City in Calcutta in the early 90's with his family where he still lives and works. He recently won the Getty Images Instagram Grant in 2016 for his work on the century old burning coal mines of Jharia in India.
He made his first artist book titled Khmer Din in 2013. Sen represented India at the World Young Artists Event in Nottingham (2012) and was the recipient of the Jenesys Creators’ programme for an artist residency in Japan, by The Japan Foundation (2012). He was invited for a masterclass at the University of California in Berkeley and was nominated for the fourth, sixth and seventh editions of the Prix Pictet award. He also won the first prize at the MFI Awards (2014).
Sen has photographed the Indian General Elections in 2014 for the United Nations and Fabrica, Italy. In 2015, Polish Institute invited him to be an artist-in-residence in Poland. His works were part of the exhibition Abandon, presented by the Gujral Foundation (2015). His photographs are also included in the permanent collection of the Alkazi Collection of Photography. He is currently working on his next book and his recent exhibitions include Arena at the Belvedere Museum, Netherlands.
2016 - Winner
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Getty Images Instagram Grant 2016
Indian photographer Ronny Sen has been awarded the second annual Getty Images Instagram grant, which recognizes photographers who document stories from underrepresented communities around the world. Sen won the prize for his work on the dusty coal town of Jharia in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand where underground fires have burned for more than a century.