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Souvid Datta is an emerging writer/director, self-shooting PD, photographer and multimedia creative. This site is his portfolio space.

Born in Mumbai, 1990, Souvid grew up between India and the UK. After completing a degree at UCL (2014) in International Relations, Conflict Studies and Law he went on to freelance as a multimedia journalist and filmmaker for several years.

He has worked for clients including The Guardian, The New York Times, National Geographic, Save the Children, Vice, TIME and many more, travelling to over 50 countries covering issues of migration, conflict, the environment and women's rights. His documentary work specialises in character-led, intimate stories that investigate under-reported contemporary issues.

Since 2015, his practice has widened to incorporate narrative elements - developing original TV series, branded content and award-winning, cinematic shorts.

Today, as the Creative Director at SDFilms he works for a range of clients spanning the documentary, commercial, entertainment and music industries.

Whether through cinema, interactive exhibitions, music videos or multimedia investigations, Souvid aims to continue making meaningful visual stories that empower subjects, inform viewers and provoke constructive action.
In 2017, I admitted that in my early twenties, I used some images by others for my work without their acknowledgment. In those years, I composited a handful of my own photographs too.
Working within the profession of photojournalism where trust and transparency in shooting and presenting images must be paramount, these past actions breached industry guidelines. I regret the short-sighted and troubled choices I made during this period of my life but offer no excuses.

In a time of fake news and volatile freelance journalism, such mistakes bare consequences. News should rely on nothing less than uncompromising veracity. To the people who supported my work, I am sorry to have let you down.

I took time away for reflection, and today, I strive towards new and honest ways to honour stories that are untold and deserve attention. I remain fiercely committed to constructing worthwhile narratives to share with the world - within the documentary realm and beyond.

The overwhelming majority of past projects involved no untoward manipulation and were made with care and in collaboration with journalistic institutions.

All stories and images on this site draw from this legitimate body of work.
One image that drew sharp and parallel criticism to this episode comes from a long-term investigation into child trafficking in India.

Unfortunately this sensitive image picturing 'Beauty' - allegedly aged 16 at the time - was appropriated and spread online without consent and out of context. I regret the toll this took on a young woman's brave and groundbreaking testimony, and the vital story to which it belonged - one that many people worked hard with me to realise.

Subsequent discussions on the image itself and the approach behind it threw light on issues of representation and the role of a journalist. I continue to learn from these constructive debates today.

The five-year investigation in its intended and full context will be published here in Summer 2019.
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