Turjoy Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi visual storyteller, photographer, and researcher working in the Indian subcontinent, across Asia, as well as in the United States. He is a National Geographic Photographer and Explorer. He never attended a photography institution, rather, he studied architecture.
Chowdhury primarily works on long-term projects focused on history of war and conflicts, geopolitics, human rights, social and environmental issues. He has worked on the aftermath of the Syrian civil war. His project “Beyond the Mushroom Cloud,” on the atomic bomb explosion history in Japan, stands against the use of nuclear weapons to promote world peace. In the U.S., Chowdhury explored the personal stories of immigrants, using photography as a medium for freedom of expression and inclusion. He has extensively worked on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. There, he produced the body of work “Born Refugee” that deals with complex identity politics and citizenship issues. His work for the Disaster Emergency Committee helped to raise over 20 million pounds of funds for the survivors.
His work has been exhibited globally and appeared in National Geographic magazine, Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal. Chowdhury was nominated for the Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award in 2020. He has also received the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award, National Press Photo Award, Picture of the Year International Award, LensCulture Emerging Talent Award, and Photo Philanthropy Activist award, etc.