“We see the world in color. This is why black-and-white seems more surreal and is also more challenging,” the Indian photographer Swapan Nayak has said. In his black-and-white images, Nayak combines an artist’s eye with the intrepidness of a photojournalist to generate images that capture intimate glimpses into the lives of India’s poor. Born in West Bengal and based in Kolkata, Nayak grounds his practice in sensory experience and memory. In recent bodies of work, such as the series “Being and Nothingness” (2008–2011), he has strayed from his journalistic roots, crafting emotionally evocative images, he says, in much the same way a poet creates a poem or a writer pens a novel.