AJay RaJgarhia (b. 1967)
Ajay Rajgarhia has always looked at life with a different angle. He listens to music, preferring lyrics to rhythm. And watches movies with a keen curiosity for the story not told….constantly searching for answers in endless books, lectures and spiritual study. There has to be more to this, is his common refrain. One, which led him to study in the US, graduating in 1990.
Working in Investment Banking, then, quitting it all to start his own garment factory and working with names like Liz Claiborne, Buffalo, Talbots and Bono. Big business. Big brands. Same question.
There has to be more to this…
A search that finally led him to seek behind the lens of a camera and explore the world with his inner eye. Travelling with a restless energy on the streets, he is always looking for ‘that perfect moment’. Chasing after light and shadow, figure and form, man and nature… Ajay finds inspiration even in the mundane and forgotten! He has recently started working with Video Art. A creative decision to add to photography; to add moving images with sound to complete a story that perhaps, may be left unfinished with a still picture.
His works are a part of many private collections in India and abroad.
AleXandria DietZ (b. 1987)
Alexandra Dietz is a freelance photographer based out of Chicago IL. Her photography often focuses on groups or individuals that are socially stigmatized, judged, or unnoticed by larger society. In her provocative, often ambiguous style that can sometimes blur the boundaries between documentary work and portraiture, she seeks to question these perceptions, encouraging the viewer to see her subjects with new eyes and draw their own conclusions.
Alexandra’s travels and photography projects have taken her across the world, and she brings her keenly insightful eye to people as diverse as painted dancers in Papua New Guinea, to worshipers of the Lord Shiva at Thiruvannamalai’s Deepm festival. Alexandra holds a BFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently working as a Fulbright researcher in Kolkata, India.
Andrew Mcnelis (b. 1974)
Born in England in 1974, Andrew McNelis explores the relationship between the tyranny of ageing and life as performance. Much of his work is taken in very low light environments. As a child, Andrew spent time visiting developing countries for extended periods along with his father who worked on large scale Solar Photovoltiac projects. In the “Third World”. Andrew set up his own permanent dark room at home at the age of 14, where he would spend long hours after school, developing, printing and experimenting with the rolls of black and white film he had taken on his visits to Africa.
Head of the Salesian College Farnbourough photography club from 1988-1990, Andrew soon after began to explore a career in music. He toured extensively in UK, Europe and Japan in the 90’s, taking photographs during this time. Several photographs and slides from this era were published in the media. In 1999 he decided to leave London and began working in Morrocco as an engineer, and in 2000 shifted to India. Here Andrew was managing a team of R+D Engineers investigating new and renewable energy technologies, based in Pondicherry.
In 2011 Andrew moved to Chennai, where he is presently residing. His most recent work takes the form of backlit photography, utilising the very latest LED and OLED panel technology to display works of astounding beauty and form.
“Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of meaning. What starts out as hope soon becomes corroded into a cacophony of temptation, leaving only a sense of failing and the possibility of a new beginning.”
Kowshik Vasudevan (b. 1991)
I am a young and aspiring photographer and a student, doing my final year (Visual Communication) in D. G. Vaishnav College, Chennai. I developed an interest towards photography at the age of 12 when I clicked my first photograph using a hotshot camera. After slogging for two years in high school, where I specialized in science, I decided to pursue under-graduation in something that emphasized a different mode of communication with the public. Once I started my UG as a Visual communication student, photography had re-entered my mind and i wanted to pursue my career in photography. After my first year in college, I started working in a firm, where I met some great photographers. It moved me so much that I even set aside my academics and pursued photography full time. Ever since then my learning curve has been ascending. My travel to many places in India and review from other professionals has made me an unique photographer. Photography is one thing which makes me feel better each day.
Also i have a great affinity towards traditional black and white photography.
Paul Cohn (b. 1965)
Paul began photographing in december 2007 while living in albania as a foreign service spouse. he has been published in mapo magazine (tirana) and has photographed events and projects for both the u.s. agency for international development (usaid) and deutsche gesellschaft fuer technische zusammenarbeit (gtz) in albania.
In 2010, he moved to chennai, india where his clients have included the u.s. consulate general, the indoamerican association in chennai, and various nonprofit organizations. he documented secretary hillary clinton’s visit to chennai for the consulate general, and some of his photographs were published in span magazine, a publication of the u.s. state department he also has exhibited his work at the dakshinachitra art gallery, muttukadu, and the studio palazzo gallery, chennai. he works in both film and pixels.
Rahul, is just beginning his journey into professional photography. Photography came as a natural extension of his lust for travel and exploration. He uses the camera as a medium to discover people and places. The photographs here are part of a series entitled, “Ladakh-Inside Out” – comprising of portraits and panoramas, which seeks to draws connections between the people and landscape in Ladakh.Currently Rahul is working on a project that explores traditional ways of life in some the oldest cities of India.
After a decade of dabbling with creative writing for advertising, Shuchi Kapoor decided to make her life a tad bit meaningful. So what started as a keen interest in capturing moments became a purpose in life – to go beyond what you see, to get into the nooks and corners and to shake hands with different cultures, to change the status of status quo. In these developing and evolving societies, the lines between the powerful and poor haven’t blurred, justice is finding its feet on the streets, where disasters, natural or man made are just the usual, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Passive thinking and armchair debates are providing mere entertainment. There must be an internal revolution – a decisive moment. Photography and writing have been one of the strongest advocates to raise consciousness and push forth a point of view – those voices in the head that will let the world either be a better place or worse. To each his own.
Subodh Kerkar gave up his medical profession twenty years ago to pursue his passion, visual art. He is perhaps the only major land artist of the country creating large installations in nature, sometimes over a kilometer long. Seashores are his favourite canvases. “The sea is my master and my muse”, says Subodh. The sea is both outside and inside, form and material, subject as well as object. He uses locally sourced material, thus forming an intrinsic link between lived life, nature and art. His interventions in landscape are usually ephemeral and are at many levels: aesthetic, conceptual, material, historical and political. Landscape artists erased the political in the service of the picturesque. Subodh Kerkar infuses the picturesque and the decorative with the political. He takes his works from the closed space of a gallery to the people. His works, arresting in dimensions, invite the viewer to be a collaborator. His recent work where he expressed his solidarity with the Tibetan cause by planting six hundred prayer flags on Vagator beach in Goa is a case in point. Thousands of people including many Tibetan monks staged a mashal rally at the installation. “This was an oceanic prayer for the freedom of the snow”, said Subodh.
He has been part of many exhibitions and art fairs including Dubai Art Fair and Busan Biennale. Subodh Kerkar makes tremendous efforts to set up public art projects in India. He calls himself an artist and an activist. He is the founder of Kerkar Art Complex at Calangute, Goa.
SuPrAkash Gosh (b. 1966)
Photography for me is a passion. It was always inside me. I still remember the Isoly – II, gifted by my father after Class X exam. But last couple of years I am following it very seriously. I love Nature and all its habitats (Flora & Fauna), Landscapes, Architecture (specially historical monuments), Festivities, Culture, Street photography, Action and Candid portraiture. So far, I have travelled many places and covered many events in the country. But I think India is so large and offer so many things, that one life is not enough to cover the journey.
I have a special corner for Black & White work. This can sometimes express so well and so boldly that vivid colours fail to do so. I believe very firmly that the shades between Black & White are more important than the two extremes. It’s like various facades of life; a summation only can describe it completely.
varun gupta (b. 1982)
Born in Calcutta to a family of travellers, Varun was exposed to rock-climbing, trekking and the towering beauty of the Himalayas at a very young age. As a natural extension of his travels, at age eight he took to the camera to document what he saw. A few hundred rolls of film later, his journey continued through a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of Wooster in Ohio, a job as an animator in New York, and a diploma in Photography from Light & Life Academy in Ooty.
Based out of Chennai, he works as a freelance professional photographer undertaking assignments in architecture, portraiture, fashion and advertising. His hunger for making images remains a constant in his life, blurring the lines between work and play. His personal work, a reflection of his nomadic existence, evolves with steady progress in its artistic expression. Galleries in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Pondicherry have shown his photographs. In Search of Solitude, his third body of work to be exhibited is the product of a four-year quest to reconcile his urban self and the man he becomes when engulfed by nature.
Vikas Malhotra (b. 1967)
Vikas Malhotra (1967) has been involved in the Art of Photography for over 12 years, working independently and as a freelance photographer. He is a Founder Member of PAAI (Photography Arts Association of India) and has shot internationally and domestically for various clients. He has participated in numerous fine art exhibitions both within India and abroad and besides having numerous photos in select coffee table publications, many of his photographs hang in commercial establishments and
Photography is something that helps him release his creative urges and let forth the intense need to communicate what he thinks and feels, about what he sees. His select works are also part of private collections in India and abroad. The camera, for him, is a sketch book to capture, visually, what his mind perceives at that specific instant; it is an instrument which helps him focus all his senses on that one particular moment in time, thereby preserving it for all eternity.
Yanick Cormier (b. 1975)
Yannick Cormier was born in 1975 in France. In the early 2000s he worked in the studio Astre in Paris parallel to his photographic studies in CIFAP After years of worked as an assistant for Patrick Swirc, William Klein and many others for magazines such as Vogue, Flair, Elle, Vanity Fair …, He began a career as a documentary photographer. From 2003 to 2005 he teamed up with the agency Wostokpress and was sent to India as a correspondent. In 2007 he founded the agency Trikaya Photos in India. Since 2009,
he worked on the conflict in the region of Kashmir and the problem of drugs addiction in Kolkata. His photography is an aesthetic testament of traditions that are endangered in modern India. These images have been published in various international magazines (OjodePez, Courrier international …)