Indian Photographers you must know.

 (Street . Travel . Documentary . Photojournalism)

As we all know India is heaven for Photographers whether it be Street Travel or Documentary Photography. Streets are full of Life , Cultures , Stories and interesting Characters. Same time Over the years India has given out some extremely talented photographers in various form of photography. So if you are starting out new , low on inspiration or Planning to shoot in any cities you might have to go through this list.

Note: This is the Personal list of photographers purely depending on my like and some understanding of photography varying from field of Street/Travel/ Documentary/ Photojournalism. This is in-progress list would add as and when i aware about photographers who have quality work under their belt worth to get inspired from. And Finally the sole purpose of this list it to be inspired and learn from the masters and not to prove that these are the only best photographers around .

Swapnil Jedhe  (http://www.swapniljedhe.com/)

Swapnil JedheBorn and brought up in Pune city, Swapnil Jedhe is an Art Director in an Advertising Agency by profession. When not at work, he focuses his creativity on exploring the hidden art in our mundane lives through photography, and seeks to capture those magical unseen moments from ordinary, everyday scenes. He has a distinctive sense of composition, and most of his images have simple and clean graphical forms.
He is a member of Indian street photography collective, That’s Life

 

Prashant Godhbole (www.prashantgodbole.com/ )

Prashant GodbolePrashant Godbole has been working in the advertising industry for the last 25 years. He is passionate about photography and capturing the life of a moment on film. Street photography is an extension of this very passion, and makes room for instinct, which finds better expression in street photography than in most other forms. Prashant does not discriminate between street photography, still-life, nature etc. and with each image he tries to tell a story, make you smile and often surprise you.

 

Sl Shanth Kumar (Just Google the Name)

11235429_10206845886049158_307063832081550394_nBorn in Bangalore in 1986, photography has always been his passion. He took up photography in 2000 where he started as a dark room assistant in a studio and have since then dabbled with various forms of photography. Finally found his true calling in photojournalism and have been practicing it since 2002  Has  covered the political and social changes extensively, particularly in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Currently work as a Senior Photojournalist at The Times of India, the largest English daily in the world.

 

Ritesh Uttamchandani  (http://www.riteshuttamchandani.com/)

10380003_10152988584749465_95883235408255109_oA photographer based in Bombay, India. I started making pictures in 2004, as an intern in the photo department of the Indian Express newspaper. In 2005, he moved to the Hindustan Times where he spent three very successful years before 2008 took me to the OPEN Magazine’s Bombay bureau.

Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram

 

 

 

Altaf Qadri (www.altafqadri.com)

Altaf Qadri is a Kashmiri-Indian photojournalist with Associated Press. He has received several awards for is photographic work. The New York Times described his work as having a “sophisticated eye and highly effective technique.”His first freelance assignment was in 2001, after which he became a staff photographer on a local newspaper. He joined the Associated Press in September 2008

 

 

 

 

Sudharak Olwe (http://www.sudharakolwe.com/)
_ddcfaf20-d0bb-11e5-a2fe-c1a20f4c7a81Padmashree Sudharak Olwe has been a Mumbai-based photojournalist since 1988 and has worked as a press photographer with some of the leading newspapers in India. He is presently the Photo Editor of the country’s largest read Marathi Newspaper, Lokmat. Sudharak has traveled the length and breadth of this nation and seen first hand some incredible stories of resilience, courage and change. He has worked in tandem with many NGOs presenting their extraordinary work with both rural and urban communities.

 

Chirodeep Chaudhuri 

Chirodeep-ChaudhuriChirodeep started his career in journalism as a trainee reporter. His next job was as a photographer with the Sunday Observer group in Bombay. Since then he has been on the photography team of The Outlook Group, traveljini.com and the international arts and culture magazine, Timeout, with whom was employed as the picture-editor managing their India editions. Presently he is working as the Editor of Photography for National Geographic Traveller (India).

 

 

Arun Taitanhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/aruntitan/ )

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Arun Titan is a freelance photographer from India, who has worked on Commercial, Fashion, Wedding, Travel and other varied projects.He is a Visual Communication & Fine Arts graduate and brings his talent in producing intimate Photography through his unique insight and imagination.

His innate interest in Photography started early in his childhood days, and that interest led him to gain a vast experience in the field.Having a deep personal passion for travel and street photography, his journey towards visual perfection continues…

Kaushal Parikh (http://www.kaushalp.com)

Kaushal-ParikhKaushal is a street, travel and documentary photographer based in Mumbai, India. He quit the corporate world in 2006 to pursue photography full-time. In 2011 he founded the street photography collective That’s Life

 

 

 

 

 

Saurab Hura (http://www.sohrabhura.com)

MG148Thirty seven years after Raghu Rai became the first Indian member of Magnum Photos, another Indian, Sohrab Hura became the Magnum Photographer. The 34-year-old photographer, who was born in Chinsurah, West Bengal, has a Master’s in economics from the Delhi School of Economics. He became interested in photography in 2001, and when he finished college in 2005 he began working as a photojournalist, focusing on issues of employment and livelihood in rural India.

Free Street Photography Knowledge for Beginners

Knowledge creates power for the many, not the few.  Today  nothing comes for free and when we think of  Photography it is sometimes expensive too. A world where information and insights are accessible is no apparent to everyone. I remember when i started learning photography had no mentors no background in photography & hardly had any budget to attend Workshop from good photographers around, Only thing i had being Network engineer was Internet  offcourse a small camera and open streets to experiment my knowledge on but at the same time had huge dilemma in my mind where to start from ?  Didn’t wanted to end up in ‘Buying a DSLR & starting photography page  doesn’t make you a photographer’  🙂 clan so after hustling for few weeks on internet  got few interesting blogs/ebook/links helped me in huge way taking the first step in right direction of photography which i was inclined to that is Street Photography. There are tons of information available out there on internet my many photographers around the world some for free and some for nominal cost too but not all are constructive , precise or shared thinking of just beginners they start somewhere and end up somewhere it might confuse the amateurs ,step by step learning is the right way for any learning .

So being said all that i also agree attending workshop by good photographers, following professional photographers , reading photography books and more importantly going out and shooting are key step to keep fueling you creative side in any form of photography but trust me if you are just starting in world of street photography , already started and lost in midway , wants to brush up your basics or on budget and don’t want to invest much before you get to know if street photography is actually meant for you these links you should looking for

* these is ongoing personal list i will be sharing gradually, there might many others which i might have missed too would love to know and share them as i come across. Also note these link might have few content like workshops that might not be free.

1) Eric Kim

A Street photographer currently based in  California puts his  heart and soul into his street photography blog, and  hope  to  share with you the same passion that he do. His blogs has tons of information, ebooks and youtube channel  on Street Photography covering wide range  topics all for Free.

Few i would recommend you to get started with are before going through anything else :

Street Photography 101: An Introduction to Street Photography (Ebook)

Free Open-Source Online Street Photography Course (Self Learning with videos & syllabus)

Master link for all his free content on Street Photography (Free books, videos and interviews etc..)

2) Thomas Leuthard

An passionate street photographer based in the heart of Switzerland. Currently work with a unobtrusive mirror-less camera to capture the essence of the ordinary life happening in public. Has three interesting ebooks all for free on Street Photography.

Going Candid – The first ebook of Thomas Leuthard where he describes the basic of Street Photography based on his experiences.

Collecting Souls – His second ebook is more personal and shows why he follows his passion and how it has influenced his life.

Street Faces – This is a ebook about shooting close candid portraits. Something Thomas was doing often in his early stage.

3 )  Marius Vieth 

A 27 year old German fine art photographer with a focus on street photography.  If ever i am down on motivation i end up on his website. Quite active on social media & his own Youtube channel now as well.

10 Essential Street Photography Lessons – In addition to this free  e-book he offer exclusive spot in his newsletter course where I give free tips, share knowledge and answer all your questions!

6 Reasons the Olympus OM-D is made for street photography

Having the right camera and focal length that suits your style of street photography is very important.

Many street photographers have switched over to mirror-less cameras because they provide a lighter, more discreet and more compact option reminiscent of film and rangefinder cameras.

I needed the lightest “semi-pro” camera out there, that would still meet my IQ, ISO and AF speed needs for street photography. There is no perfect camera for street photography and everyone’s tastes are different.

However, these are my top 5 reasons the Olympus OM-D (series om-em5 ,em-10 or em-1) are made for street photography.

1.  Olympus OM-D is Mirror-less

If you’ve never used a mirrorless camera, you might not be aware just how quite they really are – this means it’s considerably quieter when taking a picture. This is a huge benefit in street photography and will not distract or alert your subject to your presence.

2.  Small is beautiful

The OM-D’s are considerably smaller that DSLRs, so you can carry them with you everywhere you go.
Not only that, but they tend to be the less threatening and conspicuous cameras to use on the streets.

I believe OM-D is perfect size. The smaller your camera is, the less people see you as a photographer. They see you as a tourist and don’t care about you taking photos. This is a huge benefit!

3.  Super fast auto-focus

If very fast Auto-focus and accuracy is important to you on street, I’d recommend the Olympus OM-D.
The OM-D EM-5 and newer E-M1 is well-regarded for its spectacularly fast and quiet auto-focus system.

4.  Lens Options

The smaller sensor size creates a smaller and lighter camera bodies and much small lenses.
I consider the selection of lenses available for the m43 system to be among the very finest.
Prime lens like Panna 20mm f1.8 , Oly 17mm f1.8 or even wider 12 mm f2.0 are perfect for street photography and are super light, compact, and incredibly sharp as well.

5.  Image stabilization + tilt screen

The new IS unit in OM-D series compensates shake in 5 axis directions.
OM-D also has tilt screen which is also touch sensitive is ideal for “shooting from the hip” it is holding your camera at waist-level without looking through the viewfinder.

I use this technique because it allows me to take much more candid images of people. Another real benefit when shooting from the hip is that you often get a much more interesting perspective as you shoot from a much lower perspective.

6.  Old School

Finally all OM-D has combination of metal and soft leather effect that gives this digital camera a decidedly retro feel.

In your hands, the camera feels remarkably like an old film camera, and is physically noticeably smaller than DSLR. It is physically solid, thanks to its magnesium-alloy build. I really do love this camera.