Rajesh Goyal, a man of many talents and a vision unmatched. More than anything else, he is a man of photography. With humble beginnings, Mr Goyal started as a keen photographer. Talent and hard work earned him the title of a scholar and the number 1 position in the Punjab University 1991 batch. In his two decades of experience as a photographer, he worked with clients from all around the world like USA, UK, Italy and Germany among others.
“Life feels enriched with myriad experiences but photography has rewarded me with a new perspective to look at life and the world. It is my mission to impart this knowledge to the upcoming camera artists; they need to look at life with a newer perspective too”-Mr. Rajesh Goyal.
With this pledge, it was time to give back to the art that fetched him worldwide accolades. Rajesh Goyal wasn't content with being an artist among photographers. Instead, he made it his mission in life to pass on this legacy to the coming generation; to make photography the art of the masses. People need to capture precious moments so that it does not slip away from them.
Photography is about love and appreciation; it makes families come together and celebrate life. It is about embracing the beauty of nature. It simply immortalises life! And this is where the dream of imparting world-class photography education on both regular and online modes started taking shape.
In the absence of avenues to learn photography in a mainstream way, Mr Goyal began with his regular and unique online courses under the wing of IIP. With an immensely talented team, he set on the path to make photography accessible to the common man. People from varied walks of life, of different strata irrespective of gender and age could now easily opt to learn photography from the best.
Although, Mr. Rajesh Goyal in his formative years may not have had the newest cameras but this has particularly inspired him further to teach all those who have DSLRs today but are quite ignorant about the way to use it. He strives to extend specific education about the various technicalities of the cameras so that amateur photographers can progress.
With the exceptional blend of creative and entrepreneurial skills of Mr Rajesh, IIP has broken barriers. As a no 1 teaching portal for photography, it has successfully completed 63 batches and is still counting. Spanning its network around Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon, it has not limited itself but has reached over 31 countries internationally through its online courses.
Social media and the advent of internet have also contributed to photography in a big way. Innovation indeed has been the most attractive move. Apart from regular courses, the online courses have been accepted with startling success. With great pride it can be said that the vision of Mr. Rajesh has paid off. Everyone can learn the art of photography now sitting in the comfort of their homes, at their convenient timings and can stay connected with the attentive faculty of IIP any time.
“Come and fall in love with the camera; the world awaits you!”
There are indeed miles to go; IIP under the tutelage of Mr Rajesh Goyal has achieved a lot but continues to reinvent itself with the modern times and strives to fulfil its passion- Photography. IIP can boast to be the one and only endeavour in the nation that has united people with their hobby and has revolutionised the concept of teaching photography through its weekend courses. The herculean efforts of Mr Rajesh Goyal and team continue.
Having a vision in the combination of theory and practice of the photography Maja has studied in Germany, the Netherlands and India. An awarded student and lecturer at Universities and academies Maja has exhibited her pictures in various countries, has published several books and DVDs about photography and works as a chief editor of an international journal on photography as well as an editor of a practical photography magazine. Further, she is a Nikon ambassador and featured in the latest Nikon spot.
Maja is an integral part of the Indian Institute of Photography and exchanging a fruitful relation between faculty and students, sharing her educational and practical experiences to the students of IIP.
Be it pictures of models or ethnographic photography - her visual work is always grounded on an anthropological base. She debunks trends in contemporary photography as deeply rooted in classical topoi by showing their historical and cultural origins
Mr. SPS Kalra is one of the renowned photographers in India. He has been well-known for his exemplary work in the world of fashion photography for the past 2 decades. Having worked with almost all celebrated male & female models of the country, Mr. Kalra has been mobilizing valuable support for aspiring photographers by providing them with a unique platform for exploring their potential.
His journey as a photographer began 2 decades ago as a hobby but later it developed into an ardent passion. Creative lighting has been one of the prime areas he has been exploring and working on in fashion photography. He takes great delight in sharing his vast experience and expertise with new-age photographers' community.
With the vision of developing an intensive knowledge of Indian Economy, Vinit Gupta has done its Master Degree in Economics and worked in the area of Economic Research. In 2008, he shifted to Mumbai and start working as a photographer. Being a self-thought photographer, he finds the photography as the most appropriate method to express his thinking. With his work, he addresses the transformation, marginality, and play between the mythology and social areas in the context of human rights, identity, environment, violence, and visual culture. His work compasses portraiture, personal narratives and found photographs.
Vinit one of the best artworks ‘Where They Belong - a portrait from Mahan Forest’ was exhibited at United Art fair in 2013. Some of the images from this series were also exhibited in the Delhi Photo Festival 2015. The aim of the project is to create a better understanding of the forest communities, their lives, and the history. Back-to-back two times, he won the Neel Dongre Photography Award/Fellowship in 2013-14 and 2014-2015, by India Photo Archive Foundation, for his work on ‘Growing Culture of Weekend Escape in Urban India and Seasonal Musicians.’ In 2016, he also led the photography workshop “Curating Photography” with Nathalie Herschdorfer in Photosphere Festival. Recently, he has completed his Master Degree in Anthropology and now working with Indian Institute of Photography, Noida as a faculty.
Dhiraj Anand Khatri from Bhopal, M.P. is a graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering and Post Graduate in Marketing and Strategy from MDI Gurgaon. His passion for photography found its roots in the wildlife genre, and which since then has witnessed the power of Dhiraj's relentless drive and love for photography. A self taught professional who has been associated with one of the world's largest telecom companies, Dhiraj shares technical articles on photography for the Indian Institute of Photography and is always at hand to offer expert consultancy for camera model, photography and other tips . He possesses an invaluable skill set that goes beyond classroom teaching and is an inspirational role model for many. Dhiraj is also authoring books on photography and a travelogue cum photography book based on his travels to Kailash Mansarovar.
Shakti did his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from College of Art, Chandigarh. He was interested in fine art was right from his school days. As a Painter Shakti does realistic work majorly, made portraits and figurative work. He did over Thousand Portraits which are displayed in several museums in India. Personalities and Celebrities whom he has done portraits are Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Ex President of India), Hon’ble President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee and H.E. Sh. Navin Chandra Ramgoolam (The Prime Minister of Mauritius).
Jatin Jain, being an electronics & telecommunication engineer by books and a photographer by passion, believes in the famous quote by Destin sparks "photography is a story that I fail to put into words". Hailing from Raipur with his home town being korba, at the age of 29 he has already established himself as a commercial photographer with almost 7 years of work experience in this field. After working with Dell International services as a senior representative for two years he decided to pursue photography as his profession. His studio brand "Studio Iodine Vapor" has received an amazing client response from a wide range of sectors, cultures and backgrounds covering local as well as national projects. His passion of photography is backed up by his degree of Diploma in fine arts from Indian Institute of Photography, Noida where he was recognised for his commendable performance by securing highest marks in his batch.
Product, travel, architectural, industrial, documentary, food, fashion photography, etc are some of the forms of photography mastered by him. He also believes and practices the lesson taught by his mentors during the photography contest won by him at BIT College 5 years back “Spread happiness of your art through teaching!” for which he has conducted multiple workshops across Delhi, Raipur, Pune, Korba, Bhopal, Indore etc., training beginners, students, as well as professionals to master and excel the field of photography and pursue their dreams. He also conducted a free workshop named “Drastikon” which was for differently abled (deaf & dumb) children of Divya Jyoti School at korba on special occasion of world photography day, a small contribution to spread happiness through his love for teaching the art of photography
He was also invited as the youngest mentor at the National Association of Student of Architecture convention 2015. He also won the first prize at Matargashti, Raipur for photography whereby honorable Shri Brijmohan Agrawal felicitated him for his achievement. Apart from photography he also has interests in travelling, exploring new avenues, poem writing, playing guitar & singing. He was amongst the top five singers in a singing contest named “Goonj” held in BIT. His work have been regularly featured in college newsletter, various facebook photography pages and on all the official social handles of honorable Chief minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh including facebook, instagram and twitter. Jatin says " Just follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don't give up on your passions, because when you follow your passion success follows."
Vishwas started his journey into the world of art in 2014.
He is a traveler and explorer and shoots places in the most extreme manner capturing every possible corner and showcasing it in his stories in the most beautiful manner.
Vishwas had pursued his DFA from IIP from where his journey connected to the institute. His concepts to shoot and ideas behind made him rise along with his dedication towards photography. Vishwas has always been up with ideas in any sort of project as his imagination sense is always on it’s peak and ready to deliver.
He is associated with IIP to handle it’s MP region for various courses and operations. He makes learning full of fun and excitement which makes his students comfortable enough to speak and interact.
Astha Sharma is a Light and Life Alumnus, has completed her bachelors of journalism and mass communication from Amity University, Noida. Apart from photography she holds an MBA degree as well. As a hardworking, vibrant and goal oriented young adult, she has worked with several successful companies like Net video, Balaji telefilms, Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies, Spotlight Events and Entertainments PVT ltd etc.
As she continued to grow in her career, she went on to do a few assignments and click pictures for Amity albums and calendar. She worked with Amity University as visiting faculty for lighting and photography. She has worked as manager press and PR for Shahnaz Husain and has handled various events and launches. She went on to expand on her career by working with different Architecture, she is currently a freelance Photographer based in New Delhi and doing a great job in Interior and Architecture field.
Amit Hasija’s photographs have entranced the clients for over a decade (10 years) with extravagant concentrating on fashion photography staging his unmistakable style.
Upon graduation in 2008, Amit worked as a photographic assistant in Mumbai before moving to New Delhi City as a full time Professional. When he returned to Delhi, he initially concentrated on portrait and documentary work for Hindustan newspapers,ever since and still pursing for excellence in his photographic life.
Vikas Gupta is a artist, photographer and academic based out of New Delhi. His practice is broadly concerned with living culture of land, vision and social sciences. His photographs investigate the aesthetic and societal norms through conceptions of time, memory and place, specifically in cultures where loss is a substantial part of daily life. His work addresses the lived experience of conflict and trauma. He engages widely with histories and archives, both real and imagined, to explore the tensions between personal and systematic forms of knowledge
He holds a Ph.D Fine Art in Painting on Research Fellowship from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra and received M.A Fine Arts in Painting from the same University. His education in visual arts helps him to pursue photography more holistically and medium specific. He usually practice in film based media and Alternative Photographic processes, specifically Wet Plate Collodion, Ambrotype, Tintype, Albumen Print, Gum Biochromate and Cyanotype. Vikas works predominantly in both of the medium - painting and photography as well, but his work in photography comprised of portraiture, personal narrative and found photographs
Vikas Gupta has been the recipient of the Neel Dongre Grant/Award for Excellence in Photography 2016-17 for his project “An Aura of Analog Age”, from India Photo Archive Foundation. He has been selected for the Art Residency Program in New Media Arts ‘Breaking Stereotype’ at Contemporary Art Gallery, Kurukshetra in 2011 & 2012. His work has been exhibited in various galleries across India. His work “To Tibet with Love” has also been selected for the Long Term Project Ambulance Workshop with Lars Willumeit and Salvatore Vitale at Photo Kathmandu, 2016. Photo book Making Workshop with Yumi Gotto and Mariella Sancari at Jaipur Photo Festival, 2017. At present he is working with ‘Indian Institute of Photography’ as a faculty.
A nature lover, professional mountaineer and self-taught cameraman with three decades of custom and specialised photography under his lens, Amarjeet Maggu is spurred by his mojo of “jagte raho, bhagte raho” (stay awake and keep pushing yourself towards your goals). An avid photographer, he spends his days trekking amid mountains and forests, taming the wild peaks of Himalayas and documenting natural phenomena and diverse human existence through his camera.
Dedicated and enthusiastic photographer with 30+ years of experience in custom and specialized photography, his kaleidoscope encompasses the extremes of the mundane and the exotic. His does honest documentation of life in its natural surroundings, shaped by geographical conditions and the man-made changes, visible in altered landscapes, rituals and architectural marvels connecting the present to a tenuous past.
Dr.Bastian Reichardt - Specialiing in ethics and political theory, Bastian Reichardt graduated from the university of Bonn(Germany).
Confident ,creative and dedicated photographer with experience in Fashion and Advertising Photography.Hold's about 10 years of experience working with Top Fashion Magazines and Fashion Brands.
Creative Advertising and Communicational professional with over 10 years of experience. Associated with advertising agencies such as Publicis, Rediffusion DY&R, Dentsu, Law & Kenneth and Mccann Worldwide. A decade of being associated with the creative brand building and strategies of reputed clients like Nestle, Hewlett Packard, Canon, Max New York Life Insurance, Airtel, Coca Cola, GSK and many more. An avid movie buff with deep interest in music and art appreciation.
Harish Jaiswal is a professional photographer with an experience of over twelve years, shooting Jewellery, watches and models. He produces world class images for brochures, catalogs, advertising & web for leading retailers & manufactures.
A master at multitasking, with an inborn ability to handle with ease multiple streams and jobs simultaneously, Sameer has worked on numerous television shows, films and documentaries including 126 episodes on information technology for Doordarshan Srinagar. His resume includes organizations such as MTV IGGY USA, DISCOVERY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY CHANNEL, BARACROFT MEDIA, MIDWIVES PRODUCTION and CIRCUS MOTION PICTURES amongst others.
Always eager to share his hard earned wisdom with fellow enthusiasts, Sameer fulfills his responsibility as a guest speaker on photography, photojournalism, mass communication and visual communication at institutions such as Arena Animation, Reliance BIG Animation and the Indian Institute Of Photography.