Photography has revolutionised the way we see the world. There are several famous pictures that have documented the course of history and inspired many people over the years.
This World Photography Day (August 19), we get five celebrity lensmen to share with us their most iconic shot and the story behind each.
This was taken while shooting for a commercial. At this point, Amitabh Bachchan was getting his makeup and hair done. I took this candid shot and a classic picture emerged out of something so simple. In the photograph, I have used his hand to present the personality that he is. When you talk about a celebrity portrait, you don’t hide somebody’s face. But here, virtually, his whole face is covered. But that is what worked, and I got a lot of recognition for it.
This was taken in Soneva Fushi in Maldives for a calendar. The picture is not only technically difficult, but it also captures a certain mood, a certain sense of danger, and the beauty of the location. If you’re above the water (in an ocean) there’s a certain idyllic quality to what would be considered paradise, and just below the surface, there is always danger that lurks.
This is true for life as well. You never know what lurks beneath something that has a beautiful exterior. I received a lot of acclaim for this because I have been shooting this particular calendar for years, and it is always in the same place, so this was very different from that.
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This one was shot with Mekhla Muttoo (model) for a well-known hair brand. The idea behind it was that usually when girls come out of the shower, their hair tends to stick to their face. I felt this concept could be artistically shot. With this picture, I became the first Indian photographer whose work was selected for the cover of Lürzer’s Archive (an international bi-monthly magazine for the advertising industry).
The image won a lot of acclaim. It bagged several awards too, including one at The Prix de la Photographie in Paris, France, and another at the International Photography Awards (IPA), Los Angeles, USA. I was also happy to see a fine art image being used in mainstream advertising.
This photograph is special to me. It is a picture I shot of my father as soon as I had decided to become a photographer. It was captured on my first camera that my dad bought me after I had decided to drop out of college and pursue photography. How many middle-class Maharashtrian parents would have allowed their son to do that? Through this picture, I remain eternally grateful to him for allowing and encouraging me to follow my dream.
This image was clicked for one of my first campaigns in 2010 for a celebrity jewellery designer. Not only did this photograph win a lot of awards, but it also changed things considerably for me. We shot a series of photographs with the model, Preeti Dhata. One of the other iconic pictures in the same shoot was all black, while this one was done in gold.