Sumit Dayal

Sumit Dayal

Born in 1981 in the Indian state fo Kashmir, Sumit grew up in a small traditional neighborhood of Katmandu, Nepal, where his family continues to reside. Sent to a boarding school in New Delhi, he later graduated from the University of Delhi. His exposure to a confluence of cultures from an early age gave him the ability to speak five different languages and provided Sumit with a unique perspective on the struggles and opportunities in South Asia.

In 2006 Sumit graduated in Documentary & Photo Journalism at the ICP (International Center of Photography) in New York.

Since then he has worked as a freelance photographer, covering Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. His work documents the plight of societies, disappearing cultural traditions and changing landscapes of South Asia.

In 2006 he received the Alexia Foundation, in 2010 he was chosen by Photo District News magazine as one of the 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch, in September 2010 he won the National Geographic All Roads Photography Program, Emerging photographer category, with his long term project in Kashmir “On Going Home”. In 2010 he is among the photographers selected by Giorgia Fiorio for the Reflexions Masterclass.

He has published on Time, Glamour, Vrij Nederland, Shell UK, Soros Foundation Nepali Times, Dan Church Aid, Vanity Fair and Himal.

He is based out of New Delhi.

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