Extended Bio

Neil Chowdhury thinks in images.

He uses the camera to explore the relationships between individuals, their societies, and environments. Since 2001 he has concentrated his creative efforts on documenting and interpreting the process of discovering his Indian heritage.

Mr. Chowdhury is an assistant professor of photography at California State University, Fresno. He was assistant professor and director of the photography program at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York from 2006-2013. He has taught a study abroad course to India through the University of Connecticut; was full time assistant professor of photography at Zayed University, Dubai, The United Arab Emirates; and has taught classes at Light Work Community Darkrooms, Syracuse, NY; the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan; and at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he earned an M.F.A. in photography.

In addition to an active local, national and international exhibition record, Chowdhury has attended a number of notable juried artist in residency programs, including Saltonstall, Ithaca New York; The Hungarian International Artist Residency Program, Budapest, Hungary; and Galichnik Art Colony, Galichnik, Macedionia.

Chowdhury also worked for several years as an industrial photographer for Ford Motor Company, and accepts freelance travel, editorial, and commercial photography assignments in addition to his work as a fine artist and educator.

Chowdhury is currently working on a a series of alternative process Vandyke Brown/Cyanotype combination prints of large format black and white images he made during a summer 2015 visit to his Grandfather’s semi abandoned villa in Howrah, West Bengal. He has shown this work in two solo exhibitions; at the Desai Matta Gallery, The Institute of Integrated Studies, San Francisco CA, March-April 2017, and at Clovis Community College, Clovis, CA in April-May 2017. He is speaking about this work at the conference, Fatal Love: Where are We Now, June 20-July2, at the Asia Society and Queens Museum of Art.

Another recent major work is a non-silver portfolio entitled Lost and Found in Bombay, a series of large format portraits of street vendors in Mumbai, India.  He exhibited this work in a solo exhibition at the Corridor 2122 Gallery, Fresno, CA in March, 2015, previously in a solo exhibition at the Anne Felton Multi-Cultural Center Gallery at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, and in The Other New York Everson Museum Biennial Exhibition at ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, NY. In July 2012, his street photography and digital photomontage work was exhibited and shortlisted in three separate award categories, Documentary Series, Experimental Photo, and Best Moment at the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards, Tbilisi, The Republic of Georgia. In 2011 he earned the 37th Annual Light Work Grant in Photography for his series of digital photomontages, Waking from Dreams of India.

His work has been featured in many international survey exhibitions featuring Indian and Indian diaspora artists, including Radiate, The Gallery 400, The University of Illinois, Chicago; the FotoFreo Festival in Fremantle Australia, 2012; This is Not That, Gallerie Duboys, Paris, France, 2011; Sampling India: Of Blind Men & Elephants at the Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, 2011; and three years consecutively in the Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Art of the Diaspora, 2009-11.

Chowdhury has given many public lectures about his art including at Corridor 2021 in Fresno; College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI; the Attic Art Center in New Delhi, 2011; Society for Photographic Education National Conferences, Miami, FL, 2007, and Portland, OR, 2005, where he earned the first Gary Fritz Imagemaker Award. He has also spoken at ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse NY; The Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut; Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY; The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse, NY; XL Projects Gallery, Syracuse, NY, Hungarian Multicultural Center Budapest Artist in Residence Program; the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Oswego, and many others. He has also curated the Society of Photographic Education Multi Cultural film and video festival 2011-2015.

Neil Chowdhury’s photographs and digital video works can be found in the collections of Contemporary Museum of Photography in Chicago; the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut; The Light Work Collection; the National Gallery of Macedonia; the US State Department Art on Loan Program; Tasveer Arts Foundation, Bangalore, India; and in many other private collections.

Chowdhury’s work has been featured in numerous prominent photography and arts publications and blogs, including Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual 2012, Photo, Indian Vogue, Stone Canoe, Lens Culture, Mrs. Deane, Dodge & Burn, Conscientious, L’agenda, Tasveer Online, the cover story of the August-September 2012 Andpersand Magazine, and the January-February 217 Creative Image Magazine, edited by Raghu Rai.

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