Shuvankur began his career as a journalist, while still a student, working for some of the leading names in print media. He later branched out into television, assisting renowned directors of Bengal’s entertainment industry. But his first love has always been the camera, a medium that allows him to best express his social engagement with the human condition. The aesthetics of his images flow out of this engagement and portray his unique way of perceiving the social universe around him.
His first project, The Distant Calls, was exhibited by PIX Magazine in New Delhi. In 2012, his photographs were shown at an exhibition by CRY India in Kolkata. In the same year, Forward Thinking Museum selected him as one of the runners-up for their ‘2012 Artist Level Contest Grant’. In 2013, he received the ‘Special Jury Commendation for Photography’ from Toto Awards, India. Shuvankur was selected for the workshop at Chobi Mela VII 2012, under the mentorship of Morten Krogvolt. He has also exhibited his work at the 1st Madurai International Photography Festival in 2012, as part of the group exhibition at Chobi Mela VII in Dhaka and as a digital projection at the Delhi Photo Festival. He was selected for the ‘Work in Progress’ workshop at Delhi Photo Festival 2013, under the mentorship of Munem Wasif. Fabrica, an Italian research institute had also commissioned him for their ‘Loksabha’ project in 2014.
Shuvankur has an equally diverse portfolio of commissioned assignments in the corporate and development sector. He was the lead photographer for a biographical publication on R. S. Agarwal, co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Emami Group commissioned by the conglomerate. He was assigned by CRY, India to compile human stories about women’s and children’s access to healthcare and education initiatives in the district of Koshambi in Uttar Pradesh. He is also regularly commissioned by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) to document their international and national conferences and policy discussions. Additionally, he was responsible for the direction and cinematography of advocacy films for APPL Foundation and the Association of Social and Health Advancement (ASHA) on their ongoing rural development projects in Assam and West Bengal.