For this year’s Youth Photographer of 2021 at the Sony World Photography Awards, Pubarun Basu made history. Out of 330,000 entries from around 220 regions around the world, he would become the first Indian to win this title. During the pandemic, he noted that: “It was during the lockdown and I had to find something from my surroundings for the competition. One evening, I was in my parents’ bedroom when I noticed the bright sunlight seeping through the window. The shadows of the iron bars fell on the curtain, and it made an illusion of a cage. I asked my mother to stand behind the curtain with her hands stretched out to touch the fabric. For me, it represents the feeling of being trapped in a moment or one’s reality.”
He was first introduced to photography by his father, who is also a photographer. At the age of 10, his Dad had given him his first camera to use, despite it being a basic model. Since then, he asserts that he has been using his dad’s full-frame camera for the past five years. At 20 years old, Pubarun Basu hopes to continue shedding light on what’s happening around him, but most importantly be a source of narration for his community: he wants to tell their story.
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