Our Bollywood Celebrities who rule the hearts of millions of fans and followers not only in India but all across the world definitely owe a part of their success to the team of the nation’s most talented photographers who work day and night to creatively enhance their beauty, presenting them on TV, Magazines and Internet, in a way in which they have never been seen before. A photographer can makes an actor into a celebrity by exploring the never before explored tangents of an actor’s personality and capturing it on the camera. Here is a list of the most popular Bollywood and Fashion Photographers of India.
Today in India, Fashion and Bollywood photography has become synonymous with Dabboo Ratnani. Dabboo Ratnani has become the ace in Indian fashion photography with his prominent skills of celebrity portraits and other fashion photos. He is best known for his annual calendar which has become a highly notable showbiz event in India since its first publication in 1999. Over the years top Bollywood stars have appeared on his calendar. Every year the launch of the calendar becomes a major event featuring top celebrities, 24 of them for each year. He is the cover photographer for all leading magazines like Cosmopolitan, Filmfare, Hi Blitz, Ok India, Elle, Verve, Femina, The Man and Better Homes and Gardens. He also has worked in advertising for brands with the superstars of Bollywood.
Avinash Gowarikar is a leading Indian Fashion, Film and Celebrity Photographer with excellent skills and commitment to photography. Avinash’s body of work includes an array of personalities from Amitabh Bachchan to Arjun Kapoor, from Hema Malini to Sonakshi Sinha and from Ustad Zakir Hussain to Sachin Tendulkar. He has shot for clients from PETA to D’Décor and editorials for Filmfare and L’Officiel, to name a few.
Atul Kasbekar is an Indian fashion photographer and Bollywood Film Producer. He is recognised for his Kingfisher Calendar shoots. Atul is the owner of a celebrity management company named Bling! Entertainment Solutions which started in 2007. Bling! has so far partnered with many leading international and national brands like PepsiCo, Nestle ITC, Airtel, Kingfisher, Samsung, P&G, Sony, Swarovski, LG Mobiles, L’Oreal, Swatch Group to name a few. Many celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Abhishek Bachchan are clients of Bling! Entertainment Solutions. Atul holds the distinction of being the first Indian to win the prestigious International Food and Beverage Creative Excellence Awards (FAB Awards) 2005, held at London, for his work on Kingfisher Calendar. Atul Kasbekar produced the 2016 bollywood film Neerja starring Sonam Kapoor .
Jatin Kampani is one of the very popular Fashion and Celebrity Photographers of India who has bagged many awards for his notable work in the field of photography. Included in Kampani’s repertoire are outstanding advertising campaigns that he executed for clients like De Beers, World Gold Council, Marriott Incorporated, ITC, L’Oreal, Motorola, Bacardi, Seagram’s India, ESPN, Pepsi, Canon and Sony to name a few.Fashion has been his middle name for sometime now, having crafted some feted wonders for publications like Elle, Marie Claire, L’Officiel, GQ, Grazia, Hello, OK, People and Verve.Kampani’s body of work also includes portraits of a number of distinguished individuals. Her Highness late Rajmata Gayatri Devi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, KV Kamat, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hritik Roshan, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma are a few of those whose finer details Kampani has captured through his lenses. His latest project is an idea for his new Taxi Fabric, ‘We The Living’. We The Living speaks about survival in a metropolitan. The rigidity of the scaffolding represents the stereotypical mindset of the higher and the middle class people. Taxi Fabric is about designs composed of a single photograph, repeated, to form a symmetrical pattern all over a taxi.
Subi Samuel is one of India’s leading fashion and commercial photographer, his name is synonymous with concept photography in India. His work spans across many prestigious brands and covers almost all leading magazines. A man of few words, his photography speaks for itself. His unique style, imagination and
quest for perfection has led him to become one of the most recognized and established photographer of international prestige. Subi Samuel’s name is synonymous with glamour and concept photography. He is a name to reckon with in the world of film publicity, commercials and publishing. His clientele includes not only assignments from the film industry and print media in India but also representatives from far East and Europe. Some of his larger than life works include publicity picture for Kaante, Aishwarya Rai in Devdas etc along with numerous other works that includes stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay
Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Leander Paes, Sushmita Sen, Yuvraj Singh to name a few.
Rohan Shrestha is an Indian born Nepalese origin photographer who lives and works between Mumbai and New York. The Son of one of Indias pioneer photographers Rakesh Shrestha, his photographs have made the cover of several prominent magazines including Noblesse India, L’Officiel, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Grazia, Verve and Filmfare among others. Being one of the younger photographers in the industry today, his sense of creativity and his style of shooting with a difference, is what makes him popular today. Over the years, Rohan has shot with some of the leading magazines in the country today. These include editorials and cover stories for Vogue, GQ, L’Officiel, Harpers Bazaar, Verve, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Marie Claire, Filmfare, FHM, Mans World, Femina, People, Hello!, Architectural Digest and CondeNast Traveller. With barely 4 years since going solo, Rohan has the distinct advantage of shooting a large number of celebrities including Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Karan Johar, Anupam Kher, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhishek Bachchan, Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan, Imran Khan, Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin, Sonakshi Sinha, Dia Mirza, Ranveer Singh and more.
Tarun Khiwal is a noted Indian fashion and commercial photographer, based in Delhi. One of the leading photographers in the Indian fashion industry, he was awarded the 2005 Hasselblad Masters Award, given by the Hasselblad Foundation, he is the first and only Indian recipient so far of the award. His other awards include, “Fashion Photographer of the Year Award” at the Lycra MTV Style Award and Kingfisher Fashion Photographer of the Year. Over the years his studio has been a learning centre and an institution in itself. His assistants have been able to carve a niche for themselves and today are well established photographers themselves. His studio has been home to individuals of many nationalities who have come and successfully interned and assisted him. Over the years, Khiwal has worked with brands such as Reebok, Nestle, Nokia, Panasonic, Gillette, American Express and Honda and magazines like Elle,Tank Vogue,Harpers Bazaar, Grazia.
Next on our list is the popular photographer Vikram Bawa. Vikram Bawa is an Indian fashion, automobile and landscape photographer based in Mumbai. He was the first Indian photographer to promote and showcase 3D photography in the late 1990s. He specialises in Fashion and Advertising Photography having shot campaigns for a range of products and brands ranging from jewellery, cars to airlines. Vikram has shot for various magazines including Femina, Verve, Hello!, L’Officiel, Elle, Hi Blitz, Marie Claire, Stuff among others numbering at over 300 covers. The brands that Vikram has shot for includes Coca-Cola, Dove, Godrej, L’oreal, Reebok, Skoda India, Sony Electronics, Taj Hotels, Catwalk, Kingfisher airlines, Sahara Ambey Valley, The Leela Palace, Goa, FSP London and many more. Over the years, Vikram has shot significant Bollywood celebrities as Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Lara Dutta among many more. Vikram Bawa has been a part of various Art Shows. His work is among the permanent collection at Priyasi Art Gallery, Gallery Art and Soul, Jindal Art Foundation and Alfaz Miller Collection.
Suresh Natarajan is a very famous Indian bollywood and fashion photographer who has done tremendous work in the industry. His pictures are very striking and inspiring. Suresh Natarajan was born in Kerala, South India. He immigrated to Canada in 1985. He has undergone one year training in TV production at MacLean Hunter TV, Toronto. He studied film at Ryerson University in Toronto. He worked as an Assistant Director in two major Indian feature film projects with leading Directors in India as well as worked as production co-coordinator in a English feature film.
R Burman is yet another ace Fashion and Indian Celebrity Photographer of India. He graduated from the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography and worked extensively as a freelance assistant with renowned international names such as Steven Klein and Mark Seliger in New York and Los Angeles. In India he started with photographing portraiture extensively with Vogue India. Burman has photographed for most of the leading magazines and brands in the country. Burman has also photographed some of the most renowned faces in Indian cinema. Some of his clients include Vogue, Elle, MarieClaire, GQ, Grazia, Filmfare, Wills Lifestyle, Monisha Jai Singh, Westside, Maybelline, Myntra and Park Avenue.
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