Mumbai-bred Salamatt Husain’s first work as a photographer was exhibited at New York Fashion Week. “I was at a show where a cluster of photographers were shooting rapidly. I was curious to know what it would be like to be on that side of the show, so I approached the designers,” he recalls.
Celebrated Indian artists MF Husain passed away on June 9, 2011. He was 95.
Salamatt went on to work with the designers Nico & Adrian for fashion weeks in New York as well as Brooklyn. Since then, he’s returned home and shot the likes of Salman Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Bipasha Basu and Farhan Akhtar. He lists a shoot with music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as a memorable one. Recent projects even include plays and comedy shows like Blame It On Yash Raj, The Big Fat City, and History of India — VIRitten.
However, his interest lies mainly in travel photography, which he claims is his favourite genre. “The work at this show is from an exhibit titled, Travelled Lands” he says, about the pictures that will be displayed in Project Seven, an ongoing exhibition. Ask him to pick a favourite from his show and he’s quick to reply, “Pretty much all that I’m displaying.” Salamatt, who is the grandson of MF Husain, claims that the late artist was his guide. “He was a mentor. He’d always tell me to have my camera in hand. You never know when an opportunity strikes. He said to do what I like doing and not bother about critical opinion,” he says.