Photographers

Harnesh Joshi : Photography

Harnesh Joshi, a Mumbai based fashion and advertising photographer, had a rollercoaster ride from pilot training to graphic design, from being a illustrator to a photographer. He always tires to push himself out of the comfort zone to create something new with creative & innovative ideas. As they say it there is no alternative to hard-work.

Harnesh’s contrasting and conceptual pictures can be found amongst the emerging and creative designers featured in leading fashion magazines & various national and international exhibitions. He can seen in the global directory of photographers Production Paradise. He has won awards & honorable mentions such as Photographer The Year by One Eyeland, Fashion photographer Of The Year by Monochrome Awards for his fine art and fashion photographs.

Why are you a photographer?
“I would rather have a camera than a notepad & pencil”
Documenting since childhood, over the years I realized that accidentally I documented priceless moments & the places we travelled. Photography is an exciting medium for me where it lets me peek into a person’s viewpoint for a moment, lets me self explore, beautiful language without words & capability to freeze a moment.
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Vaydehi Khandelwal : Photography

Vaydehi Khandelwal known as Camerawaali held a camera at the age of thirteen and knew it would be her whole life. She started training under a photographer at a very young age and by the time she was seventeen she knew that photography was her calling. She completed her Masters in Photography from Mumbai and soon after she was a part of various artists in residence programs in India and Italy…followed by shows, collaborations, films, wedding photography and specialisation in documentary art photography from IED, Madrid, Spain.She also owns a wedding photography company called Weddings-Before & After. Recently her project I AM VERY TIRED was featured by Leica and published on various art platforms. She is currently travelling, making pictures and working on her next street project.

Why are you a photographer?
Am a photographer because I was meant to be…

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
For me it was more of a process… of being exposed to photography at a very young age..as something that I liked doing… to a profession.

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Riddhi Parekh : Photography

Riddhi sees frames everywhere, not just because she is a photographer, she always saw them. She see people, their expressions, gestures, the play of light and shade and a profusion of colours – slivers of magic, and she try’s to capture it all! The opportunities are endless for someone who sees an image in any situation.

Having begun as a clueless teenager Riddhi found my true calling only after having dabbled in the Ad world. Her tryst in photography began with assisting ace photographer Nrupen Madhvani and her resolve to become a name to reckon with became even strong. After which she joined Shari Academy of Digital photography where my passion grew by leaps and bounds and she went onto becoming the Master Craftsmen of the year and also bagged the Best Fashion Photography and Food Photography Award, Luxoculus.

Why are you a photographer?
I am a photographer because I am terrible at math and have an attention span of a gold fish.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
Yes, very vividly actually. It was my 6th month in my first proper job in an advertising agency as a brand planner and I was cribbing about how much I hate it to one of my colleagues. I was always good at arts and wanted to get into the creative side of ad making. I was trying desperately to find a way to get in to graphic designing and it seemed more and more impossible everyday. My colleague asked me a simple question: If there were no criteria or any restrictions what would you want be? I answered either a pilot or one of those cool National geographic wild life photographers. He said here you go bingo. Not sure about the pilot bit but photography seems like a good transition. And the next day I was researching about photography and within next 2 months I left my job and became a photographer.

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Vijit Gupta : Photography

Vijit is a freelance photographer based in Bombay. He loves playing with light and has been learning from the best (Martin Prihoda). Is a fitness enthusiast (mainly basketball and cross fit). Briefly did a client servicing internship with Lowe Lintas just after college and realised that he had to jump onto the ‘other side’.
Why are you a photographer?
Because photography allows me to express, travel, meet new people everyday, learn new things and have new experiences.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
After my stint at Lintas for about 20 months, I moved back home (Ahmedabad) to figure out what to do with life and picked up my dad’s old Pentax Mesuper and started shooting randomly trying to make use of whatever time i was wasting. It really got my attention and i quickly enrolled myself into a basic workshop at NID Ahmedabad. After meddling around with the camera for a few months i contacted my old friends at the agency and hustled an assisting job for Martin Prihoda. That was it.

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Maya Pillai : Interview With A Photographer/Graphic Designer/Artist

Part-time photographer, part-time cat-stalker. She pays her bills by training school teachers in the art of Design thinking and creative classroom techniques. She burns the midnight oil while trying to figure out how best to combine pencil with a roll of film.
Why are you a Communications Designer?
I have always loved to talk, take pictures and draw. In that order. So becoming a communication designer just sort of happened without my doing much.

Did you attend school for fine art or design?
I went to Symbiosis Institute of Design for their undergraduate program in Graphic design, following which I went to the National Institute of Design to pursue a masters in Photography.

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Sam Mohan : Interview with a Photographer

Sam Mohan might be considered one of the most versatile photographers among his peers. He has the intrinsic ability to switch rather smoothly between different genres of photography be it fashion or documentary, people or product, landscapes or architecture, and yet maintain his own individual style through it all. It is this ability that makes him a master of the art in his own right. His most exciting works showcase a play of light & color that makes the viewer transcend into the image itself. His images have a visual texture that borders around the surreal. It is seldom one can see this on everyday images.Sam Mohan’s images are beautiful because he sees them that way.

He has been signed up by Yellow Korner France for his work from the series ‘Killing the Stereotype’. This is being showcased in 85 galleries around Europe currently. He has been commissioned by The Times UK, Children’s Heart Link USA, Samvirke Magazine Denmark, Nature Magazine, UK and several other magazines across the country and globe to breathe life into some fascinating stories about people and places. He has also recently been invited by the town of Urk, Netherlands to do portraits of people from the beautiful fishing village. His commercial clientele include Puma, Nike, Lenovo, Aditya Birla Group, Titan Fastrack, Titan tanishq, Titan Sonata, BMW, Britannia, TVS, Pepsi, Sab Miller, Prestige Estates Pvt Ltd, Wildcraft, DHL, Bulchee to name a few. Sam Mohan lives and works out of Bangalore, India.

Why are you a photographer?
My dad was in the Indian army and every time he came back home on a holiday he would bring back pictures of all the places that he was posted at — which were far and beyond. It amazed me that there was such a different world out there. It sparked curiosity in me as a child. This world and different worlds like it had to be experienced and captured. Photography it seemed was the only way I knew how to.

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Ian Pereira : In A Chat With A Photographer

Ian grew up in Colaba. He was educated in Mumbai and graduated with a B.Com degree. He went to London in 1979 and studied photography at the Polytechnic of Central London, UK and worked at Colorama Processing labs too. Spent 3 months in Chicago assisting various photographers. In 1984, Ian returned to Mumbai and begun his career as an Advertising & Industrial Photographer and have successfully completed 30 years in the profession. He specializes in Still Life, Industrial, Jewellery, Food, Industrial and Product Photography.

Why are you a photographer?
As a teenager I began to love photography. My Dad is a serious amateur photographer. I got interested in photography and on a holiday, one day, he let me use the camera. My parents then realised that I had some talent and encouraged me to pursue photography as a career. They then sent me to London to study photography

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Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt “I want to be a photographer”?
As I mentioned, my talent for photography was obvious from a young age. My parents took us on a holiday to the UK and US in 1976. I shot a lot of images on the trip. My Dad, who was Co-founder of Chaitra Advertising, was able to use one of the images of the Statue of Liberty that I had shot, in an advertisement. It was then that I decided that I would make a career out of photography

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Ashish Shah : In a Chat With A Photographer

Beyond the hustle of our everyday struggle there exists a world of dreams. This is where his heart and his soul live.
Obsessed with dark stories of love and addiction, he captures the moods and emotions that write each individual story, a new chapter with every frame.

Well known for his captivating portraits and elegant fashion statements, he deftly plays with light and shadow, creating beautiful and subtle changes in texture and palate.
A perfectionist, combining an artist’s vision with a technician’s mastery of craft.

He was born and raised in the northern part of India, Ashish Shah currently lives in New Delhi and works worldwide.
He is currently represented by prestigious agency Bill Charles NY for United States.

Why are you a photographer?
I grew up listening to my grandmother telling stories and I don’t know when they affected me so much.
There was a certain feeling about the place, time, and the characters in her stories.

“A boy all alone is wondering in the mountains”.
“A girl sitting next to a river bed“.

As I grew older I started missing that cinematic journey.
Photography helps me live those moments again.
More than the idea of capturing moments through this androgynous machine called camera, I love the process of living those moments.

It is such an amazing medium to travel in time, it lets me dream.
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Manpreet : Photography

Based in Delhi, got into photography without any formal training,
however learnt art of capturing frames while assisting.
Follow simplistic approach & try to develop own distinct style.
Has a knack for portraits & enjoy story based projects

Why are you a photographer?
I think it completes me as a person.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
Photography started way back in childhood , when use to eagerly wait for a one more chance to get hand on Father’s camera. In college it became more than a hobby with my first SLR but decided to take it as a career only after leaving my father’s business

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Atul Pratap Chauhan : Photography

I was bowled over by the little nuances of shape, color, light and mood at a professional photographers shoot in my restaurant. I then realized photography could be magic if approached with passion. My journey began with assisting a professional photographer, who saw a spark in me, to better learn the tricks of the profession. My first professional camera cost me months of savings plus a few dearly loans. As in every profession, I dabbled around with small jobs initially but later jumped into the world of professional photography, full time. And my life has been a sucker for good subjects, pictures & photo stories ever since.

Food, Interiors, Products & People. I love my work and I give it my best possible shot. ‘Hope’ and ‘Hard work’ are two things I rely on, like all successful people do. My work regularly features in magazines like Better Interiors, JetWings, India Today, Society and Society Interiors, living ETC, House and Home UK, Elle Décor
The true challenge in photography is to capture emotions which tell its real purpose. And it’s certainly not easy! But this is what drives me and keeps my ball ever rolling. It has also earned me some reviews across popular media like Times of India, Smart Photography and Asian Photography Singapore magazine.

Why are you a photographer?
I was waiter in hotels and than manager and now photographer last seven years and i think i learn from life and things around me.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
Yes very well, i was working in restaurants and one firang photographer was shooting our restaurant for Conde Nast USA.He took his test shot on me and i was totally shocked to see the power of imagery and from that time i decide to learn this craft and met many of good photographers in Bangalore and finally assisted one for few months.

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