Vanishing Girls of West Bengal
MAY 8 2017
On May 4th, 2017, Souvid Datta, publicly admitted to altering images and misappropriating the work of other photographers. As a result of this admission, his lack of transparency, and the resulting ethical questions surrounding the story, In the Shadow of Kolkata—Visura has revoked Mr. Datta’s 2016 Visura Photojournalism Grant Award, effective immediately.
MAY 6 2017
Souvid Datta—an award-winning photojournalist—accepted the allegations of altering images and misappropriating the work of other photographers between 2013-2015. Since Souvid received the 2016 Visura Photojournalism Award —two days ago Visura initiated an internal investigation to determine the best course of action for FotoVisura Inc to take. Management is in direct communication with Souvid at this time. Although the altered images in question were not part of his Grant proposal, which has always been set to private to protect the integrity of the story and its subjects involved—Visura does not support lies, deceit, and unethical acts. PERIOD. The Visura team works to respect the integrity and ethics of the international community as well as its own mission. The Grant Program is a perk to Visura premium members at no additional costs. Unfortunately, due to the severity of this loss of trust—Visura is postponing offering future grants in photojournalism for the remainder of the year to honor a much needed period of reflection. This is a time to decide how each of us can be the change that we envision.
Note from Adriana Teresa, Visura Founder