August 19 is celebrated as World Photography Day - a day which inspires photographers across the planet to share a single photo of their country or culture. In 2010, the first World Photo Day was celebrated globally, with over 100 countries participated in the official celebrations.
India has also produced the finest photographers who have redefined photojournalism in the country. On the occasion of World Photography Day, we have listed some of the famous photographers of India and their prominent pictures.
S Paul, doyen of Indian photography and winner of almost every major international prize in photography passed away, two days short of his 87th birthday. Paul was associated with Indian Express newspaper since 1962 and became the Chief of Photography department and stayed there for the next 26 years till 1988. He was the first Indian whose portfolio of four pictures was published by the celebrated British Journal of Photography in 1967. The late photographer was the first Indian to win Nikon International photo contest in 1971. In 2010, he was conferred with the National Award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography. Have a look on his photography.
Raghubir Singh is considered a pioneer of colour photography. He was best known for landscape and documentary style photography. Singh published his first book, Ganga in 1974. A self-taught photographer was honoured with Padma Shree by Government of India in 1983. Singh taught at Columbia University, Cooper Union, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work has been featured in very prominent magazines like National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Time. The veteran photographer passed away at the age of 56 in 1999.
India’s best-known photojournalist Raghu Rai has over four decades of experience in photojournalism. He has been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th National Photography Awards early this year. Rai began his career in photography in 1965 and remain associated with India today from 1982 to 1992. His photos have been featured in various national and international publications including Time, The New York Times and Sunday Times. He has also authored book on photography Raghu Rai's India: Reflections in Colour and Reflections in Black and White. Here is a look on his best photographs.
Daboo Ratnani is a celebrity photographer and is India’s biggest fashion photographer who has given us iconic pictures all the time. Ratnani is best known for fashion photography, calendar photography and cover photographer of all leading magazines like Filmfare, Fermina etc. His still photographs have also been featured in major Bollywood films like Aawara Pagal Deewana, Om Shanti Om, Jhankaar Beats, Jo Bole So Nihaal, Fiza, Jism, Hera Pheri, Legend of Bhagat Singh, Aatish and Blackmail.
Atul Kasbekar is a prominent Indian Fashion photographer and Bollywood film producer. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Atul rose to fame for his Kingfisher calendar shoot. Atul had also served as the honorary chairman of the Photographer's Guild of India. The well-known fashion photographer is the first Indian to win the influential International Food and Beverage Creative Excellence Awards (FAB Awards) in 2005, for his work on Kingfisher Calendar.