Vikas Dutt: Interview with a Photographer


Born 1975 in Varanasi, considered to be the oldest city of the world. Super critical about his own work, enjoys driving long distances. Driving on highways is his stress buster. Believer of “You can’t learn photography, you just have it”. His works have been published in four consecutive editions of Luerzer’s Archive’s “200 Best Ad Photographer’s Worldwide”. He has been twice nominated for Black & White Spider Awards, Hasselblad Masters Semifinalist, received Honorable mentions in IPA and PX3 Paris Awards.

His most notable recent campaigns include Incredible India and J&K Tourism. His images for Incredible India have gone viral on the net and are being selected for various awards and publications.

Why are you a photographer?
GOD and my wife wanted so.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
Since childhood, I used to feel something special on just a mere sight of an SLR camera. Experience of holding an SLR was always an out of the world feeling. I started getting into darkroom in my college days. Developing prints in the darkroom used to be so thrilling in those days.

Though I don’t remember when it really caught me.. I guess I wanted something that was very sacred to me and something I should be remembered for; that something was photography.

Professionally, photography happened pretty late. I didn’t know how photography would work for me financially. Guess, time and destiny ruled and I started pursuing my passion as my full time profession.


Satyaki Ghosh : Photography

Satyaki Ghosh grew up on a staple diet of meaningful cinema and black & white photography at Kolkata. He started his professional career on the sets of “Ghare Bhaire” by the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray.
People photography is his passion. From the aesthetics of sensual art to rustic appeal of tribal life, his camera captures every reality. Each of his frames seems to open a dialogue with the viewer. He relishes the world of colour in equal measure. His illimitable range spans across Fashion, Lifestyle, Advertising, Reportage, Documentary Shoots, Press Photography etc etc.
He travels extensively abroad as well as in his home country on global assignments.
Satyaki is presently based in Mumbai

Why are you a photographer?
Does any one tell of a fish why it can’t stay without water?
Photography comes naturally to me…. It’s in my blood.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
From the word go, I knew I would be a photographer. Once I saw a catalogue of the world famous exhibition “The family of man” that moment sealed my destiny.

Nitin Patel : Photography

Why are you a photographer?
Because I think that is the only thing I am good at.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
Not really, But few things I had In my mind very clear when I started thinking about What I want to do in Life & for my Living,
Rather sitting at one place for the whole day it’s better to explore world around you.
According to me, observing things is much better then to read, write or listen in LIFE.
Work when you want to, not like you have to.


Omkar Chitnis : Photographer

“I a Mumbai based photographer. I completed my graduation from J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai in 2007 with photography as Major. My college years not only groomed me aesthetically but also provided me with a sound understanding of photography as well as related media.
Having assisted the ace fashion photographer Prasad Naik, I started on my own in 2009. In past two years he has worked for clients like Kaya Skin Clinic, Red Fm, Vodafone, Reliance, Officer’s Choice, Yes Bank, Axis Bank, Wagh Bakri Tea, Aquaguard, Aquasure, Vinegar and many more.
I believe in learning by best of his abilities & making most of any opportunity.”

Why are you a photographer?
I don’t really remember how I decided to be a photographer. I had this connection with camera since I was a kid. I had a toy camera, which kept me busy for hours. Somewhere I knew I liked this field. Once I got into J. J. School of Art I got the opportunity to know photography in better sense. In my 3rd year I chose photography over other elective subjects because I knew this is what I am good at than anything else. And that’s how it started.

Rohit Gandhi Photography

Rohit is an artist by choice where the medium does not matter. From colors to film, the medium may have changed; the imagination to perceive has not. Always looking forward to a take that is fresh and energetic has moved him, and motion for the interactive market is not far behind. Educated at Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, with majors in photography and assistantship with Jatin Kampani and Israr Qureshi in 2002 – 2003 made it sure what he has always been looking for.

Why are you a photographer?
It is a perfect blend of art and technology. As much as I am in love with art of creating pictures, the technology that can raise the bar of imagery is equally motivating. The physics of light and shadow and how it can be brought alive is very exciting. A lot runs through your mind and unless it takes shape in reality, the justice has not been done. It’s imperative to express and show what you really feel and share it with the world. Happiness comes when you share it with the world and find a connection.

David De Souza : Photography

A photographer by serendipity, happy accident. Bought a second hand camera in 1977 it had a mission and a destiny for me like a magic talisman, no one would have predicted, least of all me that I would change my profession for the third time with it.

Why are you a photographer?
I wish I could answer that, some people have profound answers, I dont think I chose it, it chose me. I sort of like being led by my nose, well……..err……let my wife not hear that.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
No there was no Road to Damascus or some bolt of lightening, sorry I know its boring, its just one of those things, after a few years of making photographs, I looked back and said – gee, I must be a photographer, because I am not gardening, or in an office or whatever. Its always by ‘default’.


Vish Vishwanath: Photography


In his own words: “My family have been photographers or associated with photography for a long time, and my first decent camera was given to me by my father, via my uncle, to whom my father lent his entire outfit, on the basis that the cameras would be mine when I was old enough. In the meantime, I was given a basic box brownie – camera of champions – to make do with. The shutter button’s spring was so difficult to press, the camera couldn’t be kept still. Two long years later, at the blameless age of seven, my uncle appeared, with an SLR, three lenses, a stack of accessories and filters, and a tripod that nearly took my eye out, as they say.

Behind the works of my favourite classical artists – Constable, Turner, Hogarth, Picasso, Burne-Jones, Rembrandt and of course, DaVinci – lie ways of thinking, research, understanding, that these chaps (always chaps, I’m afraid) possessed and cultivated.

Photographers’ images are of course influential, but as with the Old Masters, the real insights are gleaned from understanding their motives, their research and the efforts made to cultivate the talents they had. There’s plenty of talent around, but it’s nothing without hard work.

I learnt a lot, although not aesthetically, from the late Ansel Adams. The late Barry Thornton’s writings are still hugely influential, and I leaf through the World Press Photo annuals, usually in admiration, ocassionally in mystification — we don’t always agree — but always reminding myself that it’s the people I’m interested in. Here’s to Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson and Capa; David La Chappelle and Annie Leibovitz; Mitch Epstein, Paul Graham, Tom Stoddart and Steve McCurry; Tim Hetherington, Martin Parr and Simon Norfolk; so many photographers, so little space. Here’s to pushing the boundaries a little bit further on.”

Why are you a photographer?
It’s the best way I can find to satisfy my curiosity about the world and it provides me with a reason/excuse to ask questions and find out information.


Kalpesh Lathigra | photography


Kalpesh Lathigra was born in London, England in 1971 and educated at the London College of Printing with a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism. After leaving the course in 1994, he was awarded The Independent Newspaper Photographer Traineeship. Kalpesh worked for The Independent as a staff photographer for one year before freelancing for the national newspapers in the UK for 6 years covering news and features. In 2000 , he gave up working for newspapers and made the decision to work on long term projects and magazine and commercial assignments. In the same year he was awarded a 1st Arts prize in the World Press Photo. In 2003, he embarked on a long term project documenting the lives of Widows in India, receiving The W.Eugene Smith Fellowship and Churchill Fellowship. In 2005, Kalpesh started a new approach to his photographic practice merging fine art and documentary practice for his projects looking at the Lakota Sioux, Native American tribe on Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA. Transmission ( HIV in India) and Anglo- Afghan War .Kalpesh continues to work for the leading international magazines on assignments alongside personal projects.

Why are you a Photographer?
Theres something quite magical about taking photographs. Photography in many ways is a solitary activity and that suits my temperament. It allows me to tell stories about the people and countries I visit and challenges me intellectually and creatively.


Payal Choksi : Photographer

Why are you a photographer?
For me, photography is a magical, fun and challenging journey.  It is an art of crafting a unique aura around products and experimenting to make the best of whatever I have got. Challenging myself as a photographer helps me to grow as a person. If we all just did what was comfortable, we would never learn and become better.I have a good memory, but a short one. “Thanks to Photography.”

Despite of being a photographer for eight years, every time I work on a shoot, I am always excited about the translation from click to a high quality finished image. Just to name a few, clientele of the ‘Payal Choksi’ brand include – Femina, Fun Republic,  Kelloggs Corn Flakes, Living & Etc…, M Magazine, Marie Clare, Tarla Dalal, Taj Land’s End, The Times Of India, Tupperwear…


Vikram Bawa : Photography

A little about Vikram, in his own words, from his website:

Have been a photographer for as long as I can remember. Though turned professional 13 years back. Photography campaigns for a broad range of products and brands from Jewelry to Cars to Airlines. Specialise in Fashion and People photography. Always try and bring an element of fashion to all my shoots. Of late celebrities and film stars seem to be in my kitty. Have worked with most magazines in India. At last count 300+ odd covers across different magazines.
Directed and shot a couple of short films.
“Yahaan Gandhi Bikta Nahin’, a short film on Gandhi in present dat has been part of a traveling exhibition to art galleries in the country.
Published a coffee table  quarterly ‘Twisted Heads’
The first photographer in India to do 3D Photography and something I call disappearing photography.
Have won approximately 7 international awards other than honorable mentions.
Just won an international award for my campaign for Skoda Automobile and another international award with acclaimed artists from our country.
Also mentioned amongst the top 5 most important people in the photography industry in India since the last 4 years.

Why are you a photographer?
This is a tough one.. My standard line to everyone generally has been that ‘ I was unemployed’ but on a serious note, I don’t think I have a reason… guess it’s in my blood. Mum and Dad were very good photographers, but casual photographers, nothing serious, though they had some beautiful images to their credit. Somewhere around 15, I discovered my love for photography, which, by the time I was 23 had become an obsession, to a point where I carried my camera to the loo and actually still sleep with it beside me, just in case I get an idea. And at 26 i got a chance to do it full time.. so here i am.