Dr. Kaushik Ghosh (b. 1977, Calcutta) is one of the few independent documentarians in the field of Medical & Scientific Photography in India practicing since 2011. He has chosen his profession where he can align his formal education in Medicine with childhood passion of photography (and visual art). He is practicing Medical & Scientific Photography especially in the field of Surgery and Public Health for better patient care, mass communication, medical education and research. He is actively involved in promoting Medical & Scientific photography among doctors and aspiring photographers through lectures and workshops to integrate the subject with mainstream healthcare ecosystem of the country. Instead of practicing medicine to serve the community, Kaushik has chosen the visual medium to tell the stories about medical humanities and to promote it.
Since 2014, Kaushik is the part of the core team that involved in the process of formulating and commencing a three years full-time graduation course on Medical and Scientific Photography under Dept. of Clinical Photography at India’s premiere medical insititute, Post Graduate Insititute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India. Commencing from September 2017, this is the first of its kind course in India as well as Asia.
In the area of Public Health, in 2013 he began a long-term investigating visual reportage on the Encephalitis endemic of Gorakhpur, claiming nearly 700 child deaths during each monsoon since 1978. The project could not be completed because of lack of fund, but again caught the media and public attention in 2017 after the massacre happened in BRD Medical College in August that claimed 70 odd child deaths in a week.
Apart from his personal projects, he is regular contributor of Getty Images and had also undertaken several other commissioned projects for international agencies and NGOs.
Prior to 2011, he was associated with one of the leading corporate healthcare group (2004-2009) and also lead a World Bank initiated rural health project in Northeast India (2009-2011). Kaushik received his formal training in Medicine from University of Calcutta.
2013 – 2014: Monsoon of Death – an ‘incomplete’ long-term visual narrative project on Encephalitis Endemic of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh to assess the morbidity and mortality of children in every monsoon as well as creating the mass awareness for government intervention; supported by Ishtihaar and published by Down To Earth (2014), Photojournale (2016) and Scroll.in (2017).
2017: Currently working on a long-term scientific imaging project to assess the individual cognitive and behavioural pattern of autistic children that will help the behavioural therapists and developmental pediatricians to create therapeutic plans for individual child. The project is continuing in collaboration with Udbhaas Child Development Centre, Kolkata.
2017: Proposed a scientific imaging project to a city based neuroscience institute to scientifically capture ‘Gaits and Facies’ of various neurological disorders by using various scientific imaging techniques and publish the entire work as a visual handbook for medical education.
Major Commissions and Assignments:
2015 – 2016: Produced a visual narrative for the Annual report on CSR initiatives in the area of public health in rural India by RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.
2014 – 2015: Invited by International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) for a special scientific (laboratory) imaging project on crop researches.
2013 – 2014: Multiple assignments for Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) to produce visual narratives for mass awareness about different health and education initiatives in rural West Bengal.
2012 & 2013: Assigned by Centre for Advancement of Traditional Building Technology and Skills (CATTS) / UNESCO to produce a multimedia narrative on restoration of thousand years old Shekhawati Heritage of Rajasthan and raising public awareness.
2010 – 2011: Assigned to capture the festivities and culture of Northeast India to produce the Calendar of 2011 for Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd
2010 – 2011: Produced a full-length film on a rural healthcare initiative in Northeast India for Govt. of India/World Bank, supported by Apollo Munich Health Insurance Co. Ltd.
List of Agencies and houses purchased &/or published images for editorials / periodicals / commercials:
2017: Bennett Coleman & Company Ltd (India) ■ Cambridge University Press (UK) ■ Smith Global Ltd. (UK) ■ UNILEVER UKCR Ltd (UK) ■ Wava Truscott (US).
2016: AOL Photo (US) ■ About.com PA (US) ■ Bennett Coleman & Company Ltd (India) ■ Barrie DRozario DiLorenzo (for Minnesota University, US) ■ Bauer Publishing Print (Poland) ■ Cambridge University Press (UK) ■ Nine Media Corporation CNN ■ (Philippines) ■ Purestyle SAS (France) ■ Woven Digital LLC (US)
2015: AOL Photo (US) ■ BBC (UK) ■ Express Newspaper Ltd (UK) ■ Fairfax Group (Australia) ■ Helen Von Trotsenburg (UK) ■ Microsoft Multimedia Publishing (US) ■ National Geographic (India) ■ Tower Business Communications (UK)
2014: AOL Photo (US) ■ Absolute Publishing (UK) ■ Axel Springer AG (Germany) ■ Bennett Coleman & Company Ltd (India) ■ Google Inc (US) ■ Microsoft Multimedia Publishing (US)
2013: Getty Images (China) ■ Oxford University Press (INDIA)