India’s legacy of deep-seated artistic expression and cultural variety is well-known to the entire world now. Staying true to this, our country has produced a generation of ace photographers who find inspiration in almost everything and at the same time they see the diversity of our nation with a different eye.
Be it wildlife photography where the subject (animals) is dynamic or landscape photography where you have to convey a whole story through pictures; there are numerous challenges in capturing evocative moments on the silicon film. On this World Photography day, let’s reminisce these 8 incredible Indian photographers whose work has no boundaries.
Atul Kasbekar is renowned for the ‘Kingfisher Calendar’.
He has shot 10 editions of event so far and holds the distinction of being the first Indian photographer to win the International Food and Beverage Creative Excellence Awards (FAB) in 2005.
Adding zing to the mundane, his images show movement and fluidity. What makes his photographs unique is that many of the images are captured through a phone camera!!!
Using a distinctive colour palette, he uses muted colours and filters for his images. Instagram id: @hashimbadani
Prabuddha Dasgupta, was primarily a fashion photographer and was known for his iconic ‘black and white’ imagery. Trained as a historian he first started working as a copywriter with an Ad Agency.
It was only in the late 80s that he took up photography. His career as a photographer spanned for over 3 decades, and he also worked for several magazines such as Ellie, Vogue, and GQ. Website : http://www.prabuddhadasgupta.com/.
Ketaki Sheth started capturing pictures of the then ‘Bombay’ in late 1980s under the guidance of renowned photographer Raghubir Singh.
She was fascinated with the charisma and charm of this dream city and has an eye to look beyond the usual subject: poverty, population and pollution.
This well-known Mississippi Masala screenwriter is also popular for her brilliant photography skills.
‘Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India’ a book authored by Sooni Taraporevala that showed her photographic journey turned out to be super-popular and vanished from the stock within 6 months! On 26th January 2014, she also won the fourth highest civilian honor of India – Padma Shri.
A contemporary artist and photographer, Dayanita took up photography after a chance encounter with the table maestro Zakir Hussain. In one of his concerts, Dayanita was shoved away by the officials while she was trying to photograph Hussain.
He later invited Dayanita to photograph him during a rehearsal. Following this, Dayanita documented several of Hussain’s tours for 6 years. A recipient of the Prince Claus Award in 2008, she also became the first Indian to have a solo show at London’s Hayward Gallery
Website : http://www.dayanitasingh.com
A computer engineer turned photographer, Rathika Ramasamy is one of India’s prime wildlife photographers. Bird Photography is her forte.
Traveling to various national parks in India and Africa, her work has been appreciated by several national and international magazines.
Website : http://www.rathikaramasamy.com