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.