Have been on freelance photo assignments and my images have appeared in publications around the world including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Business Week magazine, Forbes, Wired (Conde Nast) Marie Claire (Hearst), Bloomberg Newswire, Bloomberg Markets magazine, Financial Times, The Asian Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Telegraph magazine and several other US and European magazines like Time and Newsweek. Currently, Iâ€™m a freelance photographer based in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India
Career in Photography/Photo Journalism
From 1996 to 1999 was Consulting Photo Editor-cum-Contract Photographer for Cosmopolitan magazine’s Indian edition. The challenging assignment involved setting up the photography requirements with a team of dedicated freelancers and meeting the high standards of glamour photography set by Hearst Magazines International. I led from the front photographing high energy, elaborate fashion spreads and exquisite cosmetic makeovers. Have done diverse work from photographing living spaces to gourmet food.
From 1991 to 1996 was part of the core team that launched Business Today magazine for Living Media, Indiaâ€™s largest magazine publishing group, as Chief Photographer-cum-Photo Editor. Until then, business journalism in India lacked qualitative photography and imaginative presentation. Business Today evoked the personalities of business tycoons. In the booming and liberalized Indian economy of the early Nineties, Business Today developed a style that set a trend for other Indian Business publications. My responsibility included setting up the Photo Department from scratch which meant identifying photographers and photo researchers to hire, recruit them on the staff and build a photo team best suited for the magazine needs. It also meant developing and working with a team of regular freelance photographers and help them understand the magazineâ€™s visual thrust and requirement.
My career in photography began in the eighties. As a teenager I traveled from Pondicherry to land in Bombay, the city of opportunity, the New York of India, with nothing but a few b/w prints and a Nikon camera. My lucky break was almost immediate. I joined India’s leading magazine publishing company India Today Group. Being based in India’s vibrant commercial and entertainment capital was a boon. I gained experience in photographing diverse subjects: doing portraits of the rich and the famous to the homeless, from business tycoons to movie moguls, politicians to artists, sports stars and street kids; fashion shows, political rallies, and underworld shoot-outs. I covered the range from glitzy Bollywood to the starkness of slums, AIDS, and drug abuse in the red-light district, communal riots and bomb blasts. Was a photo stringer for AFP from Bombay in the 1980â€™s.
Published in India
My work has appeared in all major Indian newspapers/weekend color sections and publications like India Today, Outlook, Business Today, Business World, Business India, Intelligent Investor, also glossies like Cosmopolitan, Elle, Verve, India Today Plus, Man’s World, Taj magazine, Outlook Traveler, Wisden Cricket, Namaste, Jetwings Magazines, Art India etcâ€¦
My book on Bombay city titled `Bombay-A Contemporary Account of Mumbai’, a hard bound, large sized, photography-dominated work, was published by HarperCollins in fall of 1996 (US$ 60). In 1995, was part of a project called India 24 hours where I covered vastly in accessible Northeast India India24 Hours resulted in a two-hour photo documentary broadcast over Indian Television, and two books: one in the well known series `A Day in the Life of India’ published by Collins Publishers, San Francisco; the second India 24 hours’ published by CMM India.