Swapan Nayak is an India-based creative practitioner, with a deeply philosophical approach to the process of image-making. An alternative approach to photography along with 19th-century printmaking techniques using rock minerals has become his main area of interest lately. Swapan Nayak’s images are an attempt to capture a transitory otherworldliness and an expression of the joys of spiritual submission.
He was awarded the National Media Fellowship (2002-2003) by the National Foundation for India, the Nirmaan Photography fellowship award in 2006, and the National Senior Fellowship in photography for the period of 2009-2011 by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
His work has been published in Time, News Week, Asia Week, Southern exposure among others. He also worked on the photographic versions of the book The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh and The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. Nayak has held three solo exhibitions 'Nowhere People', 'Refugees in their own land', ' Bring and Nothingness', and was also part of the exhibition 'Click! Contemporary photography from India' organized by Vadehra Art Gallery in 2008.