When we talk of Fashion, Coco Chanel’s famous quote comes to mind, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the street, in the sky, fashion is in the ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” So Fashion Photography puts forth a dream that we all want to live. It’s a passion turned profession that plays with fantasy and dreams. India has given to the world, some of the top most fashion photographers presently doting the earth. N4M brings to you the list of “Top 10 Best Fashion Photographers of India. Have a glimpse at their brief intro’s.
Vikram Bawa is recognized for his 3D Photography for which he was awarded at the PMA International Awards, USA ,as the second best photographer. Bawa is called the Master of Gimmicks in the fashion photography; he has won many awards from the Masters Cup, Asian Photography, the PIEA Award and many more.His fashion film was nominated for FIFA 2014 for Best Art Direction and Best Music. Bawa started photography as a hobby and gradually got inspired by his avid parents. He worked with various magazines –Verve, Femina, Marie Claire and Elle and shoots many fashion films for his clients, Jewels by Nikhil Thampi. Bawa also did group and solo exhibitions.
Jagdish Mali was an Indian fashion photographer. His photos were at their peak from the 1970s to the 1990s. He has worked for Cine Blitz in the 1980s and his photographs were considered as best and his notable shots from film the Ghulam are remarkable. Mali’s work has been also compared to his peers like Gautam Rajadhyaksha and Ashok Salian. He had worked with various celebrities like Anupam Kher ,Monoj Bajpaee, Irfan Khan etc. Mali photographed Rekha for over a decade.
Venkat ram is a leading fashion photographer. He is well known for is still photography for several films. Ram got inspired by the idea of the Annual Calendarlikely of DabbooRatnani’s and Kingfisher’s. He had also worked on brands such as South scope, Inbox1305 andVivel. He has also photographed stills for Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music video.
Colston Julian has no formal training in photography although he apprenticed under Kho Hung Ching and assisted Prabudda Das Gupta, Max Vdukul and Ashok Salian. As a photographer has specialization in Commercial Underwater Photography. Colston has worked for several publications and advertising such as Vogue, Elle, Forbes India, Rolling Stone, Verve, The Hollywood Reporter, Omega, Mercedes-Benz, Louis Vuitton, Microsoft, Levi’s, Reebok, PUMA, Amazon, Jaguar, Zegna, Dior, Sony, Chanel, L’Oreal Weddings, Nikon etc.
GautamRajadhyakash was one of the leading Fashion Photographers of India. He was best known for his work in Portrait Photography. For the first time he got introduced to fashion photography in 1980 and gradually explored the Industry and did portfolios, commercials campaigns and he is acclaimed as a Glamour Photographer as he almost photographed all the celebrities of the Indian film Industry. He also released coffee table book named Faces. He had his first ever photo exhibition which showcased 20 years of his photography work.
Dabboo Ratnani is the most populous fashion (portrait and celebrity) photographer. He also photographs for all the leading magazines- Film fare, Elle, Famine, Verve, The Man and many more. Ratnani was at the jury for the Miss India Contest and recently he judged the INTM (India’s Next Top Model) show aired on MTV India. He is popularly known for his annual calendar. His trademark calendar awaits Bollywood as the launch of this calendar is major event which also features 24 celebrities every year.
Atul Kasbekar is known as a Fashion Photographer and Ex-Honorary Chairman of the Photographic Guide of India and as the Director of Bling! Atul is best known for his work on the Kingfisher Calendar and since 2000 he has shot numerous editions of that very calendar. Atul is more of a corporate person as he has launched an Entertainment Solution (Bling!) and another company called Cooperate Image. He had also contributed in the field of Film Production and had worked on Films- Neerja and Tumari Sulu.
Tarun Khiwal is a fashion photographer and the only photographer who was awarded with the Hasselblad Masters Award 2005; he is also awarded with Fashion Photographer of the Year and Kingfisher Fashion Photographer of the Year. Khiwal actually started his carrier in photography after quitting his job as an engineer and gained apprenticeship under Hardev Singh, Prabudda Das Gupta and Autal Kasbekar which was a great inspiration. Gradually he started working individually and had done numerous campaigns in the past two years he had also worked for several companies like Nokia, Reebok, L’Officiel , Ekaya, American Express; magazines like Elle, Tank, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Grazia.
Jatin Kampani had passion for his career which led him to explore his undaunted interest in photography. He was the first Indian Photographer whose work was chosen to be on the cover of Lurzer’s Archive. Over the Years Kampani has been featured in Archive’s special edition of 200 Best Ad. Photograph Worldwide. His photographs won at the IPA and moreover he was chosen to be a part of the travelling for ‘International Photography Best of Show’. He was also awarded with the Best Photographer of the Year award by Asian Photography. He has done several shows across the country and also crafted wonders for various publications like Elle, Marie Claire, L’Officiel, GQ, Grazia, Hello, OK, People, Verve. His work also includes portraits of renowned individuals- Late Rajmata Gayatri Devi, Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar.