TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS IN INDIA
Photography is more than just a mere picture; it takes a special person to come out and give a detailed output of his vision and make it understandable and informative for others. It is broadly categorised into different streams, be it wedding photography, wildlife photography, Bollywood photography, travel photography, Nature photography and so on! In this edition of Societal Blogs, we’re covering different photographers from different genres of photography! If you’re a fan of the CLICK, then you should definitely follow these photographers!
NOTE :Ranks are in no particular order
Dabboo Ratnani is a popular Indian fashion photographer. He is quite popular for his kingfisher calendar shoots. He was born in Mumbai in 1971. For the past 19 years, in January, Dabboo Ratnani launches a new series of celebrity calendar, which is looked forward to by the film industry. He is one of Indian cinema’s top portrait and celebrity photographers. Dabboo Ratnani is renowned for his annual calendar that has become a showbiz feature of great significance, for the main stream magazines like Filmfare, Hi Blitz, Cosmopolitan, Ok India, Verve, Femina, Elle, The Man and Better Homes and Gardens, his photographs are featured on magazine cover. Ratnani’s best known work is his annual calendar. Over the years Bollywood stars have appeared on his calendar. Every year the launch of the calendar features 24 celebrities.
Dabboo Ratnani was given the Dadasaheb Phalke award for his excellence in photography in 2019. A renowned name in the industry with some quality Bollywood content. The list would remain incomplete without you Dabboo!
One of India’s most top-notch fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar is best known for his association with the Kingfisher Calendar, having ten such calendars to his credit. A chemical engineering dropout, Atul attended the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, where he studied photography, topping his batch. Upon his return to Mumbai, he founded his own studio, calling it Negative Space.
Not only does he own a photography studio, he is also the founder of celebrity management company Bling! Entertainment Solutions and Corporate Image, a firm founded to manage the identities of the top management associates of reputed organisations. Atul has partnered with brands like PepsiCo, Nestle, HUL, ITC, Airtel, Kingfisher, Samsung, P&G, Sony, Swarovski, LG Mobiles, L’Oreal, Marico, Levi Strauss, and Hublot to name a few, while the firm has also briefly worked with Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar, Abhishek Bachchan, and Abhay Deol.
While he has been a part of the entertainment industry since the early 1990s, Atul has also been actively associated with movies by means of working on its publicity stills and still photography. He has movies such as Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha, Soldier, Khoobsurat, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Devdas, Chalte Chalte, and Hulchul to his credit. Meanwhile, he made his debut as a producer in 2016 with the biographical drama Neerja, which featured Sonam Kapoor in the lead, playing the role of real-life flight attendant and martyr Neerja Bhanot. A vast experience with brands and movies, Atul is truly the man, who budding photographers looks up to!
Ajay Menon, a web and graphic designer by profession, met his true passion in photography when he started traveling around Kerala, where nature is at its best. Working on frames and colours, nature and life, he started observing how things could be presented better, could be captured better, without losing its real essence, in a way of his own. Passion led into action and this is what he is now- an amazing and unique artist who has an eye for detail. He makes eyes sparkle with his art, translation from the click of the shutter to a finished image.
His lovely family and friends have supported him to be the wonderful person he is. Self taught and a keen learner, he never misses even a subtle change in nature. For him, this is happiness being close to the bubbles of the sea, whispering clouds and the rosy glow of the sky when the dawn appears. He has a graceful and powerful way of expressing emotions and capturing moments with all its glory.
Ajay is one of the ‘spirits’ of Cafe Papaya. Cafe Papaya is about Music, Movies and Mocha (mocha stands for coffee) in the same order of priority. There is a serious intention behind the Cafe to create a culture that is more open to music and movies and to share the perspectives that we have gained by being open to the new. A must visit place in Kochi, as it’s all about Music, Movies and Mocha!
Born in a village Venkatachalapuram near Theni,a town in Southern India,Rathika has always had a fierce connect with the drama of nature. Now she is based in Chennai. An MBA/Computer Engineer, she was drawn towards the photographic capture of this drama as a career in 2003 at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Rathika is arguably one of India’s foremost wildlife photographers. She is passionate about birds and is specializing in bird photography. In documenting birds through her photographs, she has developed a style of technical excellence combined with a captivating story. She has travelled to most of the National parks in India, and national parks in Africa to document indigenous species and wildlife. Her work has been appreciated and featured in several national and international publications as well as exhibitions. She regularly conducts wildlife photography workshops and holds talks all over India. She has served on the jury panel of many national and international photography awards and contests, including the National Awards for photography instituted by the Government of India. Year 2017 and 2018. Rathika was cited to be the best known woman photographer across the world on the internet. Rathika has been mentioned in the 10th Standard Science text book this year 2019 edition of Tamil Nadu Government state syllabus. For her wildlife photography is not only for her a passion, but a powerful medium to connect and conserve nature. She loves to shoot Indian forest, as she believes India has one of the best Fauna & Flora. She clicks her pictures with the motto: Every time I press the shutter, it’s one step closer to Mother Nature. An amazing personality who has gained respect with her work! Follow her page to see the best of Wildlife and Nature photography!
Design Aqua, headed by Miss. Priyanka Kamboj, has been in the industry since 10 years & has worked for over 200 clients. Featured on NDTV’s Band Baaja Baaraat with Sabyasachi – Season 8, Femina Magazine, listed as one of the “Incredible Wedding Professionals” on My Wedding Bazaar & One of Top 35 Female Photographers in India on Wedding Brigade, has been featured on Kodak, Wedding Sutra, Wed Me Good, Wedding Vows Magazine, Ind Weds, Shaadiography, Dates & Olive, The Brides of India, Gig Start, Wed Wise, So Delhi, Wedding Plz, Shaadi Magic & In dear Weddings.
From Miss India’s Roka Ceremony to India’s bestselling author Sudeep Nagarkar’s wedding, Big Boss 9 Contestant Suyash Rai’s sisters Reception to TV Actor Shiv Shakti’s sister’s wedding, from Big Boss 10 contestant Nitibha Kaul’s, TV actor Aneri Vajani & Cheshta Bhagat’s promotional shoot to India’s renowned makeup artist Swati Verma’s Roka Ceremony & her Masterclass & branding videos. Grand Weddings shot at Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur & Laxmi Niwas Palace, Bikaner.
From being The Photographer who shot her Own Pre Wedding in Goa to a Pre Wedding in Leh Ladakh, from Italian couple’s Sikh wedding in Punjab to a grand destination wedding in Goa & very traditional destination wedding in Bikaner, from a fun filled big fat Punjabi wedding in Delhi with the presence of stars like Dharmendra, Jaya Prada, singers like J star, RDB, Deep Money, Karan Sehmbi & politicians like Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, Amar Singh to a Malaysian wedding in Chandigarh, from a small traditional wedding in Jaipur to a grand family wedding of BSP political party member and in Fashion world – from PP Jewellers to Rama Krishna Jewellers & Jabong, we have clicked a lot of happy faces! The list goes on, well done Priyanka! We wish you all the luck!
Shivya is known to be a storyteller, writer, photographer, digital nomad, instagrammer, social entrepreneur, solo traveller, vegan and environmentalist. But all in one, she describes her as just a girl who travels.
In 2011, at age 23, she quits her 9-5 corporate job with a dream of travelling the world and in 2013, she gave up her home, sold most of her belongings and went on to live nomadically.
It was in 2018, when her book got published– called The Shooting Star – which was about her personal journey and how her travels have shaped her life choices. It became a national bestseller in just over a month of release! It’s currently in its fourth reprint.
She also launched The Shooting Star Collection – sustainable travel-inspired clothing that raises funds to grow forests in Uttarakhand.
Shivya grew up in a protective Indian family in Dehradun, a valley at the base of the Himalayas. Upon finishing high school, she went to Singapore to study.
As luck would have it, she graduated in the middle of the financial recession of 2009, when most companies had ceased hiring. She landed a job with the Singapore Tourism Board, where her experiments with social media began.
Her story of quitting the job was featured on BBC News. She was also featured on the cover page of National Geography Traveller Magazine and on The Washington Post. Well, her page definitely gives amazing travel and photography goals. A perfect example of chasing your dreams no matter what. We respect you for this Shivya!
Lokesh Dang studied photography at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, Delhi. He was born in 1991 and lives in Gurgaon and has been travelling for work around India for various projects. In 2015 – the same year he set out on a freelance career as a photographer. The focus of his work is Documentary photography and Photojournalism. He received the NFI 2017 media awards to help him fund the Don’t Call me Chinki – his project on Injustice faced by Northeast Community in Delhi, which spans over more than two years. He also got awarded with the 2017 Neel Dongre Awards in which he is looking at the Urban Villages of Gurgaon. He likes to experiment with Architecture Photography, which also helps him to keep up with his day-to-day needs. His page is truly a delightful treat to your eyes, the way he portrays semi urban India is amazing. We at Societal wish him all the luck!
Experienced Photojournalist with a demonstrated history of working in the photography industry. Photojournalism is the process of storytelling using the medium of photography as your main story telling device. While a journalist will use their pen and paper to tell stories, a photojournalist will use their camera to capture the visual representation of a story.
Most of us are familiar with the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Well this is the theory behind photojournalism and Ravi excels in it pretty well.
His work, along with many other photojournalists have educated millions of people on various social injustices that happen around the world. If you are interested in becoming a photojournalist then you might want to consider enrolling in our photography school.
Skilled in Photography, Editorial Photography, Travel Photography, Documentaries, and Black & White Photography. Strong arts and design professional graduated from CCS University Meerut. Being a part of a distinctive field of photography, Ravi has covered some amazing stories for reputed brands! Way to go sir!
When we speak about paparazzi, we picture just one man in our mind, the name synonymous to paparazzi, Manav Manglani. Manav, the man behind the Indian Paparazzi industry who reportedly started the Indian paparazzi scene, started as a website designer. He certainly did not see what life had in store for him. According to our sources, Manav was invited to a bollywood event where he clicked a few pictures from his phone and that’s where it all began. The photographer turned entrepreneur now runs a team of around 15 skilled men in Mumbai who are literally everywhere. According to a lot of his friends & bollywood celebrities, nothing & no one escapes Manav Manglani’s camera.
Manav is not just a photographer or paparazzi, after years of hardwork and dedication behind the camera, he is unquestionably a celebrity himself. Followed by a number of influencers including the bollywood celebrities on instagram and other platforms, thousands of youngsters look up to Manav as an inspiration, the man who tirelessly worked through the years and rose throughout not just surviving but practically creating an industry on its own. The celebrity photographer has won multiple awards to his name including the GEA 2019 for ‘The Best Bollywood Photographer of the Year’ awarded to him by none other than Madhuri Dixit. The man of paparazzi is the Bollywood’s favourite!
Chandan Khanna is a photojournalist working with Agence France-Presse (AFP) based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti covering North-America.
Khanna started his photography career ahead in 2013. A year after in 2014, Chandan started working with AFP and since he has lived and worked in various countries like, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Croatia, United States of America, Jamaica and now Haiti.
Chandan has been a finalist at the best photojournalism awards Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards 2018, he attended Eddie Adams Workshop, 2016 and Angkor Photo Festival & Workshop, 2015. He was also a recipient of Child survivor Media Award 2015, issued by the National Foundation of India and Save the Children 2015 and The Tarun Sehrawat Award for Journalism of Courage and Conscience, 2013. Khanna has been in the list of top Indian Instagrammer and best instagram account of India by; Instagram, Mashable, CNN, Hindustan Times, Forbes, Buzz-feed USA, Huff-post USA, Better India, Art Radar Journal, Scroll, Make Use Of, Daily India Roots to name a few.
Chandan has covered many social, political and news worthy event around the globe. Some of his highlights are; Covering the border of China-North Korea, ATP Shanghai 2017, Rohingya Crises, Bangladesh 2018, India general election 2014 and UP election 2017, Victoria Secret’s Show, China 2017, Croatia football fever 2018 and his latest The President’s Bodyguard. No doubt, Chandan’s Instagram page is probably the best when it comes to dynamic content!
Radhika is a Sony brand influencer. She has bagged more than 40 awards and has been shooting photojournalistic weddings in more than 20+ countries. Founder of Destination photographers, cultural.concoctions – travel photography, colossal_concepts – architectural photography. Over the last few years her work has been recognised by all the major international wedding photography award bodies – Fearless Photographers, WPJA, World elite photography, Great India Wedding Awards, Better Photography wedding photographer of the year 2014-15. Certain wedding portals have recognised her in top 10 wedding photographers from India. She has made a mark internationally and is known for her collaborative ventures with top photographers across the world. Her works in the field of child birth as well as boudoir photography have been commendable in India. With her loveable attitude along with her personalised integrated techniques she has invented some very interesting concepts in wedding photojournalism.
Her wedding photography has always been based on great communication with the bride and groom. The best wedding photography is truly candid–the photographer should blend into the background, and capture the genuine smiles. Wedding photographers are particularly guilty of intrusive behaviour. She believes that the photographer should behave like a photojournalist, documenting the drama and excitement of the celebration. Well, Radhika exactly knows how to focus on aesthetics. She’s capable of giving a dreamy look to the destination wedding through her skills with the lens! We wish her all the success!!