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Young Kolkata Artist Hired as Lead Photographer for World's Largest Menswear Retailer in New York

By Anuj Cariappa
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Born and raised in Kolkata, Akshat Bagla was 13 when he was presented with his first professional camera. 10 years later, acclaimed as one of the most gifted Indian photographers of his generation, Bagla becomes the Director of Photography for Differio - the New York-based world's largest online menswear company.

For the 23-year old honors graduate of The School of Visual Arts, New York is a symbol of change and eternal quest for freedom. Bagla created portraits and documented the electrifying 2020 presidential election, as well as the Black Lives Matter and the Stop Asian Hate protests.

Young Kolkata Artist Hired as Lead Photographer for Worlds Largest Menswear Retailer in New York

Hailed as a sensational photographer from the beginning of his career, Bagla's turning point came when he was working as Artist-in-Residence - a highly prestigious position - at The Rotary Club in his home town.

"Working at that wonderful institution famous for its many great humanitarian projects, I suddenly realized that being a photographer gives me a unique chance to be of service to people, especially people whose voices normally don't get heard, like people from rural areas and small villages," said Bagla.

The genuine and humble series of portraits of ordinary villagers and the fellow people of Kolkata created during his time with The Rotary helped Bagla to fully form his professional code while solidifying his glowing artistic reputation.

A quick succession of high-profile photography projects for Indus Net Technologies, Enterr10, Century Ply, A1 Future Technologies, and other award-winning Indian companies presented Bagla's work to the world, introducing an unusually creative artist equally at home of successful commercial re-branding and sweep cinematic fashion portraits. The latter caught attention of Differio executives who made Bagla one of the company's youngest creative leaders. Working on two continents and traveling between India and the US, the talented Kolkata native brings with him his homeland's colors and haunting fragile beauty wherever he goes.

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