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Puneet Desai

I am a Mumbai-based photographer specializing in contemporary wedding photography and film-making. A Chartered Accountant by qualification with a thriving career in coaching, I was always passionate about art. When this calling of my heart became too much to ignore, I decided to leave the safe shores of my job to pursue my love for photography and films. Dreamcatchers Photography® was born as a part of my unending quest for creating meaningful imagery. We have been privileged to be a part of 250+ unique wedding stories from more than 18 cities and 3 countries so far and have been fortunate to win a few prestigious awards including Fearless, Reportage, WedAward, and WeddingSutra.

Apart from photography, I love traveling, reading and am passionate about cricket.

I shoot with Fujifilm XT4s with Fujinon 50mm f1.0, 35mm f1.4, 23mm f1.4, and 16mm f1.4.

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Dabboo Ratnani

A name that is synonymous with excellence & creativity. Dabboo is one of the most famous modern, portrait and celebrity photographers from India. This year he completes 25 years in the industry and continues to master the art of photography. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to fashion and magazine layouts, Dabboo has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style of his profession. His work is elegant, natural, timeless, and captures the subject under their most honest side.

Known for his unassuming disposition, sincere dedication and an eye for making his subjects seem surreal, lens-legend Dabboo Ratnani’s resume shrieks names that scrape the upper echelons of Bollywood’s aristocracy. Some of these celebrities have refused to shoot with anyone but the man himself. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Michael Jackson, Bret Lee, Chris Gayle, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Sachin Tendulkar, Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Alia Bhatt, Vijay Deverakonda, Kareena Kapoor, Mary Kom, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Virat Kohli, Tiger Shroff, Priyanka Chopra, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sania Mirza, PV Sindhu, are just a few who deem this man as the only one who can capture the good despite the bad and the ugly!

Always accommodating and admirably relaxed, never pushy but gently persuasive, Dabboo has a knack for getting his pictures despite the odds…

The imminent human element of his work, combined with a highly artistic sense of composition makes him an exceptional photographer whose works are difficult to forget. The near iconic stature that he has acquired has not diminished his human traits. His gregarious and easy relationship with his subjects infuses his work and humor. The stars trust him as he combines sensitivity with allure.

Born on December 24, this easy-going Capricorn unveils his annual calendar every year since 2000. Dabboo’s annual calendar is a collector’s item and is eagerly awaited with bated breath by the Bollywood fraternity. It is sent out to clients, friends, and prospective clientele. Over the years the same is shot purely for his creative satisfaction. “My Calendar is a platform to showcase my work. I aesthetically shoot Indian actors as they have never been seen before and I style the picture the way I imagine. I experiment with lighting, angles, background, and location. The stars often do cooperate with my experimentation and fortunately, I do manage to get my ‘first times’ out of each star. The calendar has a shelf value of a year and it’s very important for the image to tell a story within itself. This is one product I can truly call my form of art”, he confesses.

Dabboo believes photography is a blend of art and business. He expresses, “I am as excited about my job as I was on my first day. The fire is still there. I breathe photography. I am always looking for new things to incorporate in shots. It’s in my bloodstream now”.

Dabboo is a free spirit who has an artistic license and needs the freedom to pursue his creativity.

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Arjun Kavil

Noteworthy Entry for Fujifilm Xtory Contest by Arjun Balakrishnan.

Theyyam is an art form famous in the Northern part of Kerala. Fond of tradition and culture. It’s a collection of different Theyyam forms that’s been performed for ages in Kerala.

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Ritesh Ghosh

Award-winning Entry for Fujifilm Xtory by Ritesh Ghosh.

This festival is popular as the Yi Peng Festival or the Lantern Festival of Thailand. Although it is celebrated all over the country, the province of Chiang Mai is worth visiting. There are several temples in Chiang Mai which celebrate this festival. Candles and lamps illuminate the entire province. The sky is also lit up with people releasing Sky lanterns.

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Dipayan Bose

During the lockdown, it was very boring to stay inside home for a street & documentary photographer like me. But later I realised there is a huge part unexplored where we live in, our ‘Home’, the most commonplace with the most uncommon frames. The dramatic colours inside my home at night, the silence of the surroundings due to lockdown, the neighbours window through the trees with a vague curtain, their never-ending TV serials, a free-flying bird crossing through the gap of the buildings with a piece of tree branch for making a home, all these emotions, all these moments were untouched, unseen.

As a photographer, I always believed in creativity rather than gears. I love to document human interest topics and split-second moments which are very precious. When I am creating something, it’s important for me to catch those precious million-dollar moments of life. Accepting this ‘new normal’ was very difficult at the beginning, even now also it’s very difficult to get used to with this. But somewhere due to this sudden change in life, I found some time to rethink, what am I doing, what am I want to be, and most importantly what are the most important factors of my life. I tried to document life with sorrow, boredom, dark shadows & vibrant colors of our daily life as well as the unseen dreams, the desire to get freedom, the virtual chitchats in place of physical meet-ups & hangouts, every single precious moment of life in ‘Home’.

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Sundeep Bali

Sundeep Bali is a lens-based artist and commercial photographer.
Bali was trained to be an arts-management professional and curator. And accorded a US Fulbright Fellowship in visual-arts before he became a full-time photographer. As an artist, Bali has exhibited widely- in India, New Zealand and the US.
Commercially Sundeep shoots art interventions & installations, fashion & beauty, food & locations.
Client list includes CFA Institute(Hong Kong), Harper’s Bazaar, J.J. Valaya Luxury Holdings, Goethe Institut, MAC Cosmetics, Embassy of Switzerland, Polish Institute, Pro Helvetia: Swiss Arts Council and KHOJ International Artists’ Association amongst others.
His personal wok is aligned between street and culture.
He has also been accorded the honor of a Lens Ambassador for Carl Zeiss, the iconic lens- manufacturer since 2013.
As a professional proactively working towards photography education Bali has been designing and conducting workshops/photo- expeditions for a wide gamut of audience – from corporate groups, educational institutions like NIFT to groups of passionate amateurs.
Bali has been a core faculty-member of APEX (Academy for Photographic Excellence)from 2006 till 2015.

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Senthil Kumar

Senthil Kumar is a photographer based in Bangalore, India who loves telling a story with every picture. Over the last 20 years, he has worked on advertising and photojournalism.

As a child, he was fascinated by sketching and painting and enrolled in the Government College of Arts and Crafts Chennai, one of India’s most esteemed art colleges. Through the course of his studies, he found a passion for photography. He then worked under the mentorship of renowned photographer Sudhir Ramachandran for 6 years and further went on to start his own career in the world of photography.

During the span of his career, he worked on numerous campaigns including national and worldwide campaigns for multinational brands. Senthil has conducted workshops, was awarded the Top 10 most influential People in Photography, has won many national and international awards, and is soon to release his second book.

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