Saswat Pattanayak is an independent journalist based in New York. He holds a PhD in Journalism Studies from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. His research interests focus on the changing discourse of public communication, with emphasis on political journalism across traditional media and the blogosphere. Saswat extensively covers and supports social justice movements, and can be reached at - 
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As a photographer, he has taken portraits of Amiri Baraka, Pete Seeger, Sonia Sanchez, Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Selma James, Billie Jean King, among others.
Saswat has been accredited as a photojournalist by the NYPD for the New York City, a credentialed media for the Mercedes Benz (and by NYFW) to cover Fashion Weeks, for the Left Forum to cover keynote addresses, among others. 
His photographs have appeared in Elle Magazine (France), Be Magazine (France), Hatier (France), Daily Mail (UK), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Grazia Magazine (Italy), Women's Day Magazine (New Zealand), The Telegraph (UK), The Sun (UK),  Macleans (Canada), The Globe and Mail (Canada), L A Times, Huffington Post, NY Daily News, New York Magazine, and New York Post among others. His works have been featured on ABC News, Dr Phil Show, The Kilborn File, CBS, and NBC.
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