Tapan was born in Kolkata, India, where his schooling in the quaint Himalayan hill town of Darjeeling left a profound impact on him. Those years helped shape a unique visual aesthetic and it is here that he was first introduced to the world of film and photography. Tapan further went on to study cinematography at the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India.

In 2012, Tapan began shooting commercials and has since lensed over 2000 campaigns to-date, including global brands as Ford, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Sony, Procter and Gamble, Volkswagen,Blue Cross Insurance, Boss Revolution, Caeser's Palace, Pantene, Levis, Kellogg's, KFC, Nestle, Fisher Price, Adidas, Bacardi, Jameson, Mirinda, Cadbury and Lifebuoy, among others.

Tapan's gift lies in capturing the soul of a story and transforming every frame into a delightful visual. He maintains a steady balance of artistry and technique to narrate a story with grace and elegance, leading to his repertoire being recognised by the Indian Society of Cinematographers, of which he was inducted as a member in 2021.

Having already established his mettle in India, Tapan has successfully ventured into the advertisement industries of Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa as well as the United States. With many prominent brands, agencies, directors and films to his credit, he continues travelling and shooting commercials the world over.

His debut feature film, Kahaani 2, opened to rave reviews by critics on its cinematography. This was followed by his second film, Romeo Akbar Walter (R.A.W.), which was met with equal acclaim and was covered in American Cinematographer. More recently, Tapan shot the Cla$$ series for Netflix by Ashim Alluwaliya and Tilchitta part of anthropology series Lust Stories 2 in Netflix featuring Kajol directed by Amit Sharma.

American Cinematograher - Tapan Basu on making of Romeo Akbar Walter

awards and nominations

Nanhi Kali

- Silver for Cinematography at ABBYs 2022
- Baby Blue Elephant for Cinematography at Kyoorius Advertising Award 2022

Incredible India campaign

- India bags First Prize at The International Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019, in "TV Cinema Spot" category at ITB, Berlin.
- Bronze for Cinematography at ABBYs Goafest 2019

United Colors of Benetton

- Shortlisted for Cinematography at ABBYs 2018


- Shortlisted for Cinematography at ABBYs 2018

Havells wire

- Best Cinematography at 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2016
- Bronze for Cinematography at ABBYs Goafest 2016


- Best Cinematography at the 5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2015
- Shortlisted for Cinematography at ABBYs 2015

Lifebuoy Gondappa

- Silver for Cinematography (Film craft) at ABBYs Goafest 2014
- Bronze Spike in Cinematography (Film craft) at Spike Asia 2013
- Shortlisted for Cinematography (Film craft) at Cannes Lion 2013
- Silver Lion (Film Category) at Cannes Lion 2013
- Gold for Film at Spikes Asia 2013