Masood Sarwer is a visual artist and a documentary photographer based in New Delhi, India. Born and brought up in West Bengal, India.
He practices long-term, in-depth projects and spends most of his time documenting the profound changes in culture and society and the contemporary issues in the Murshidabad district region where he grew up and is intimately familiar with it.
His works mainly focus on highlighting issues affecting women, girls, identity, human rights, and environmental issues. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Currently, he has been exploring the world of his community and their struggles for survival as well as their search towards the hope of a more equal human world.
Recently he got selected for the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIII where he won “The Jim Dietz Scholarship” and he is one of the finalists at the student Alexia Grant 2020. He also has received a scholarship from VII Academy to attend photojournalism and documentary photography with Christopher Morris.
Last year he was shortlisted for the Alexia Foundation Grant. In 2018, he won the scholarship to attend Foundry Photojournalism Workshop and was awarded the Foundry Golden Scarf.
In 2018, he was the photographic assistant over a year for the National Geographic assignment where he assisted photographer Smita Sharma on the story of trafficking girls into sexual slavery “Stolen Lives”.
His work has been published in the Indian daily newspaper – The Hindu, National Geographic Traveller Magazine India, VII Academy, FirstPost, Creative Image Magazine, Vasa Project, and Youth Ki Awaaz (online).
He is a faculty member of the Grayscale – Academy of Photography and Creative Vision.
He has completed his Diploma in photography from the APEX Institute, New Delhi, India.