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Debraj Purkayastha from Kolkata has been nominated for International Photography Exhibition

Retro Kolkata Magazine, a leading cultural and arts publication, has officially announced the selection of photographer Debraj Purkayastha as the featured artist for their upcoming International Photography and Painting exhibition. The exhibition is set to take place from June 16 to June 18 at Arts Acre in Newtown, Kolkata.


Debraj Purkayastha, a talented and versatile freelance photographer, has been making waves in the photography community with his exceptional skills and unique artistic vision. Hailing from Kolkata, Purkayastha specializes in wedding, street, and documentary photography. However, his passion extends beyond photography, encompassing singing, painting, and acting as well.


Purkayastha's journey into the world of photography began at a young age, when he started capturing images with his mobile phone and digital camera. Unbeknownst to him, this marked the beginning of his love affair with the art of photography. As he progressed through high school, his interest in the craft grew exponentially.


A self-taught photographer, Purkayastha immersed himself in various genres of photography, studying the works of renowned photographers and seeking guidance from professionals. His thirst for knowledge led him to explore different techniques and styles, honing his skills and developing a unique perspective.


In 2016, during the Durga Puja festival, Purkayastha's curiosity and dedication prompted him and his father to invest in a DSLR camera, replacing their worn-out digital camera. From that moment onward, Purkayastha's passion for photography never waned. For over six years, he has been tirelessly capturing moments, refining his craft, and sharing his perspective with the world.


Wedding photography holds a special place in Purkayastha's heart. He finds great joy in capturing the hidden emotions and stories woven within the fabric of a wedding ceremony. Additionally, he delves into street photography, immersing himself in the bustling streets of Kolkata during captivating photowalks. Purkayastha also showcases his talent in portrait, landscape, documentary, and street photography on various occasions.


Purkayastha's dedication and artistic prowess have not gone unnoticed. His work has been featured in the renowned international magazine, Vogue Italia, a milestone achievement that fills him with immense pride.

Recently, Purkayastha has expanded his horizons by collaborating with different teams, taking on roles such as behind-the-scenes (BTS) shooter, assistant director (AD), and observer. These experiences have further enriched his understanding of the creative process and have brought him closer to his ultimate goal of becoming a part of the Bengali Film Industry.


Reflecting on his journey, Purkayastha firmly believes that it is the skill and talent of a photographer that truly matters, rather than the camera gear. He emphasizes the importance of honing one's craft and continuously learning and growing as an artist.


Retro Kolkata Magazine's selection of Debraj Purkayastha as the featured photographer for their International Photography and Painting exhibition is a testament to his remarkable talent and the impact of his captivating visual storytelling. The exhibition at Arts Acre, Newtown, Kolkata, promises to be a celebration of artistic expression, where Purkayastha's works will undoubtedly captivate and inspire visitors.