Ronny Sen was born in 1986 in Silchar, Assam. Represented by Art Heritage, some of his earliest work from A Tale of Three Rooms was featured as part of the exhibition, In Secrecy, in 2011. In this work, the black and white images provide remnants of his most intimate soirees, luring the viewer through some of their solitary moments, detailing the transience of youth as a state of permanence. Sen’s photographs from his series Don’t Breathe and Early Black and Whites were showcased by Art Heritage at the India Art Fair 2015: The Early Black and Whites capture varied moments across time and cities. Cinematic at times, and seedy at others, the images are curious for their uniquely edgy style, whereas Don’t Breathe documents the stifling, claustrophobic environment endured by the thousands who travel in the unreserved general compartments of the Indian Railways.
He was nominated for the fourth edition of the prestigious Prix Pictet. His artist book Khmer Din was shown at the Photo Book Festival during Paris Photo in 2013 and at the National Museum of Singapore. He won the first red frames award and was invited for a master class at the University of California in Berkeley. His work has also been shown in an exhibition titled “Photo-Poetry: Nicanor Parra, 100 years old anti-poet” presented at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi (2014), and as part of the exhibition Abandon, presented by the Gujral Foundation in 2015. His work has featured in the Angkor Photo Festival, the Delhi Photo Festival and the Shillong Photo Festival.
Ronny Sen has been awarded by the Sony World Photography Awards, National Geographic Magazine, United Nations, Powerhouse and The Forward Thinking Museum. He represented India at the World Young Artists Event in Nottingham in the year 2012 following which he was nominated for the Magnum Emergency Fund by the Magnum Photos. Sen won the Jenysys Creators in 2012, and was invited on an artist residency programme in Japan by The Japan Foundation. In 2016, Ronny was awarded the Getty Images Instagram Grant for his work on the coal town of Jharia, Jharkhand. His photographs are part of the Alkazi Collection of Photography.