Divyam Ramji Mehrotra is a Fujifilm X mentor and the founder and lead photographer of Gurugram based wedding photography collective, Weddingrams. Winner of the ‘Wedding Photographer of the year grand title 2019 by Better photography awards, the ‘Best Photographer, India 2019’ award by One Eyeland, and category awards by Fearless, Reportage, Weddingsutra, and WPAI awards among others.
He is also the founder of Photopedia, a photography community-based initiative that brings photographers from all over India together for live sessions and face-offs.
Divyam’s fascination with photography started at an early age when his father gifted him a good old Kodak film camera. The love he bore for photographing the unusual in an unusual way saw him breakthrough to wedding photography six years back. And there has been no looking back ever since. With more than 250 weddings under his name, he loves to capture images that speak for themselves.
Active as a commercial photographer for the past 30 years in Mumbai. Forte being fashion photography, portraits, still life & fine art photography
Also an official mentor for Godox lights, Vanguard tripods, Sekonic meter.
Worked as visiting faculty to several photography & art institutes like Udaan School of Photography, L S Raheja College of Art, Pearl Academy, Symbiosis School of Photography, Rachana Sansad, Light Academy of Photography, Seamedu, etc.
Earlier a freelance writer for Smart Photography, more than 30 articles have been published so far.
Conducted almost 200 workshops to date. In various languages like English, Marathi, Hindi & Gujarati.
Handled clients like Birla Century, Century Cotton, Raymond, Bombay Dyeing, Roop Sangam, Cambridge, Ceat tyres, Hindustan Lever, Godrej Boyce, SBI, Central Bank of India, HDFC, Lagoo Bandhoo Jewelers, Orra diamonds, Cygnus diamonds, recipee books for Sanjeev Kapoor, Tarla Dalal, etc.
Jatin Kampani is one of that rare breeds that has been able to transform a passion into a career. From being a shutterbug in childhood, Kampani graduated to becoming a professional photographer in 1996.
A decade on from his professional debut, he became the first Indian photographer whose work was selected to be on the cover of Lurzer’s Archive, a magazine that publishes works of excellence in advertising from around the world. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011 Jatin Kampani’s images were won at the International Photography Awards, Black and White Spider Awards, and the PX3 Awards, Paris, in advertising, fashion, and fine art consecutively, from 2007 to 2011.
Merits aside, his insatiable passion has led him to hold several group shows across the country. The TAO Art Gallery- Mumbai, Jehangir Art Gallery-Mumbai, India Habitat Centre – Delhi, the Bajaj Art Gallery – Delhi, Gitanjali Art Gallery – Delhi are some of the venues where his works have been exhibited. He was one of the chosen photographers invited to hold a solo exhibition at the Foto Art Festival, Bielsko Biala, Poland in the year 2009. In 2011 he was chosen to be a part of the CHIVAS STUDIO 2011, wherein his work, along with 6 other world-renowned artists like Mr. Paresh Maity and Brian Olsen was exhibited in Delhi and Mumbai.
As Kampani negotiates the contours of everything tangible and intangible with his camera, he also silently works towards giving back to his career, his profession, his first love. Along with some other enthusiasts, he recently donned the mantle of promoting photography as an art form in India.
Praerna is the creative director and the other half of Twogether Studios. Before she became a wedding photographer, director, and producer, Praerna had a successful career in account management in the advertising industry. The ying to our collective yang, Praerna is a detail-oriented perfectionist and likes nothing better than being a part of a big-fat-Indian wedding with all the chaos and fun. When not shooting a wedding, Praerna is a talented food blogger, photographer, and food stylist. She runs a food blog called Food-Dee-Dum, and can also be found in the Twogether Studio chasing after that perfect shot of a waffle!
Raj Sarkar is a Street Photographer and Educator. He holds MBA Degree in Finance and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application. He is the founder of the World Photographic Forum, Curator of APF magazine Street Photography. He loves exploring possibilities on street. His main object is to Freeze the emotions and actions of people. He delivers lectures on photography in various Colleges and institutions like IIM (Indian Institution of Management), Xavier University, Union Chappell school, etc. He also conducts countless workshops on street photography. He also curates’ various exhibitions and he has also been appointed as a judge in various competitions. Raj is a recipient of various awards, recently he has won the International Puskar Mela Contest, Winner Weplay Photo contest “India in Color”. Finalist of Garuda World Photo contest and HIPA and his work has been exhibited worldwide. He reviews various gadgets and cameras including the Fuji x camera for Fujifilm. His article has been published in all renowned magazines and websites in the world like Fuji love Magazine, Street Photography Magazine, USA, Viewfind, APF Magazine, Smart Photography, Better Photography, Asian Photography, Chiiz magazine, Save us, 121 clicks, National Geographic and more. Recently his photographs have been showcased in London Street Photography Festival and Indian Photo Festival. He was an executive member of the Kolkata International Photography Festival 2019 and a Portfolio reviewer in the Street Category. A Photography book published by the House of Lords consists of his 40 photographs.
Raghu Rai (born in December 1942) qualified as a civil engineer, started photography at the age of 23 in 1965. He joined The Statesman newspaper as their chief photographer (1966 to 1976) and was then Picture Editor with Sunday—a weekly news magazine published from Calcutta (1977 to 1980).
After completing a Thomson fellowship in England, he worked with The Times, London for four weeks where he used to get three half pages every week with his byline and a job offer by the then picture editor Norman Hall but he preferred to return with his unfinished creative journey in the lanes and bylanes of his motherland.
In 1972, impressed by Rai’s exhibition at Gallery Delpire, Paris, the legendary photographer Henri Cartier Bresson nominated him to Magnum Photos, the world’s most prestigious photographer’s cooperative which Rai could start only in 1977, he continues to be a part of this legendry institute.
Rai took over as Picture Editor-Visualiser-Photographer of India Today, India’s leading news magazine, contributing trailblazing picture essays from 1982-1991. His series on Great Masters Of Indian Classical Music, Satyajit Ray, Mother Teresa, had become a talking point of the magazine.
He was awarded the ‘Padmashree’ in 1972, a civilian award is ever given to a photographer for the body of works he produced on Bangladesh refugees and the war. In 1992 he was awarded “Photographer of the Year” in the United States for the story “Human Management of Wildlife in India” published in National Geographic. In 2009 he was conferred Officer des Arts et des Letters by French Government and Lifetime achievement award in 2016 in India. Recently, in 2018, he has been honored by the Lucie Foundation, New York as Master of Photojournalism.
His photo essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers – including Time, Life, GEO, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Die Welt, The New York Times, The Sunday Times-London, Newsweek, Vogue, GQ, D magazine, Marie Claire, The Independent, and the New Yorker. He has been an adjudicator for World Press Photo Contest, Amsterdam, and UNESCO’s International Photo Contest many times.
He has done extensive documentation of 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its continuing effects on the lives of gas victims under a special assignment from Greenpeace International, compiled into a book and 3 sets of exhibitions traveling in Europe, American, and South East Asia from 2002 -2005 brought relief to the many survivors of the tragedy.
A special exhibition and picture book were created in India and Mexico in the year 2002 by the top three photographers Graciela Iturbide (Mexico) and Sebastiao Salgado (France) and Raghu Rai (India). His works have been published in major books done by Magnum Photos including Exhibitions.
In 2012, Raghu Rai has created the Raghu Rai Center for Photography to share his 50 years of knowledge and experience with the young generations.
Mr. Rai is the only photographer in the world to get the ‘ Academie Des Beaux Art’ Paris Awards 2019 – one of the highest awards in photography, ever given to a living photographer.
Raghu Rai lives in New Delhi with his family and is currently working on his 57th publication.
Harsheen Jammu, an IIM Graduate co-founded her company called “Ombre” with her Husband in 2016. Ombre has an in-house team of over 15 people ranging from photographers, cinematographers, editors, and designers. She has been featured in several national and international publications. She tries to put across a frame wherein every inch of her body burns fiercely to get that detail, exposure, and focus right. Proclaiming ourselves to be a crew of adept and flair members would be a trumped-up statement. It’s just a bunch of passionate people, wherein every inch of our body burns fiercely to get that detail, composure, and focus.
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.
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.
Born 1957, Prashant Panjiar is a photographer, picture editor, and curator.
He has worked as a photojournalist and editor in mainstream media (India Today, Outlook & Indian Express) and as an independent photojournalist for leading publications such as Time Magazine, Focus, New York Times, amongst others. As a documentary photographer, he works on issues of health, education, and livelihood for international non-profit organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American India Foundation, UNFPA, IPPF & HIV-AIDS Alliance.
Panjiar has curated all 3 editions of the Delhi Photo Festival (2011-15) of which he is the co-founder and co- Creative Director. In 2014 he curated a permanent collection of contemporary photography for the new corporate building of Star TV India in Mumbai. In 2015 as Creative Director he curated and helped conceive the first edition of Sensorium, a festival of Arts, Literature & Ideas for Sunaparanta, the Goa Centre for the Arts. He is the project curator for Kanu’s Gandhi, the third title in the Nazar Photography Monographs series, and of the resulting exhibition. He is currently engaged in curating a major photography show for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2017 for which he was the curator in 2016 too.
Panjiar has served on the jury of the World Press Photo Awards, the China International Press Photo Competition, the Indian Express Press Photo Awards, and the National Foundation of India’s annual photography fellowship.
Being one of India’s leading photo-practitioners, Panjiar is actively involved in mentoring younger photographers.