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IIP FACULTY
An institution is measured by the standards of its faculty.

The faculty at IIP is the most essential part of the learning experience for our students. The brains behind IIP are not limited to Photographers. There are Engineers and Technicians from Business, Advertising and Production with a collective experience of decades in their respective fields.
The faculty members draw from a wealth of real world experiences to mentor all the students who are chosen to be a part of the course.When you enroll for a course,
you'll be assigned a tutor for guidance as well as reviewing your projects for critique.
RAJESH GOYAL
The Founder & Director – The Eye behind IIP

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.

SHAILESH GOYAL
BFA, College of Arts – Chandigarh,
Director – Sepia Advertising

A College of Art alumnus, Shailesh Goyal is associated with the world of Photography and Advertising for over two decades. With rich experience in photography and detailed knowledge of designing softwares, he is the guiding force for students at Indian Institute of Photography.

Arnav Rastogi
Faculty of Photography

Arnav began his journey in the world of Photography in 2010 while still pursuing his Masters in Computer Application. It started as a hobby but photography gripped him in such a way that later he quit his regular job to take up photography as a full time profession.

 He mastered in photography from Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication and specialized in Documentary Photography. The works of legendary photographers W. Eugene Smith, James Natchway and David Doubilet inspires him. He has worked with many leading companies like Katalyst entertainment, Apex elevators etc besides photographing many concerts and events. His work has been appreciated and exhibited at World Photography Festival held at Ahmedabad in 2011 and also at Trikkana Mathilakam Arts Festival held at Mathilakam, Kerala in 2015 which is a part of Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Bhagyashri Patki
Faculty of Photography

Bhagyashri Patki is a Delhi based documentary photographer. She came to photography after spending time in web and graphic designing for a couple of years. The camera became her calling when she realized that she could no longer not afford to take photographs. Since then she has mixed technique and technology to create images that reflect her deepest thoughts.

After pursuing a creative photography program from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art and Communication, her expertise is in documentary and fine art photography. Her works have been published in The Sunday Guardian, Caravan Magazine, Art and Deal Magazine along with other online publications She is a co-founder of photography collective called Fseven Photographers. Her recent works includes a series developed as part of Project 365, based on Tamil literature. She has an in-depth knowledge book making and various printing techniques.

Namisha Raj
Faculty of Photography

Namisha Raj has spent her years in graduating herself in the General Studies program at International Center of Photography, New York and holding a BFA degree from College of Arts, Delhi.

Namisha has exhibited her work at Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, has also exhibited in group show "Elective Affinities" at Rita. K. Hillman Education gallery, ICP, New York. Namisha has assisted "Robert Nickelesberg" who is known for a war photography in Afghanistan. She has also worked with photojournalists "Beb Reynols" and "Joseph Rodriguez."

Namisha is a regular contributor to various Non Profit Organizations in New York like Catalyst Network, Opera Theater of Montclair, Lincoln Center, Art Expo, New York Indian Film Festival, South Asian International Film Festival and National Committee on American Foreign Policy.

It is the kind of experience she had in her photography profession and now she is sharing her life experiences with IIP students rewarding and allowing them to rediscover old passions and uncover new ones. 

Jamari Lior
Faculty of Photography

Having a vision in the combination of theory and practice of the photography Jamari Lior has studied in Germany, the Netherlands and India. An awarded student and lecturer at Universities and academics Jamari has exhibited her pictures in various countries, has published several books and DVDs about photography and works as an editor of a German photography magazine.

Jamari 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. 

Shahjahan Khan
Faculty of Photography

Shahjahan started his journey in 2007 from Jamia Millia Islamia where he studied Fine arts. Photography quickly became his favourite subject. He had the opportunity to witness the finest side of photography. Camera rolls, negatives and positives and the dark room where the magic happened. For this he considers himself lucky. The beauty about this era was that then, every click counted. Films came in rolls of 12, 14 and 36 and every shot had to be perfect. Shahjahan made his transition into the digital era keeping this principle in mind. So even with a digital camera, to him every click mattered. He is influenced by the likes of Raghu Rai, Steve Mccury and Tim Walker.

 After graduating from Jamia, he finished his diploma in Photography from Triveni Kala Sangam. He then went ahead and assisted ace photographer Charudutt Chitrak. Under his guidance he learnt about the little nuances and technique required in outdoor and indoor commercial photography. Since the past 4 years he has worked on a varied range of projects for advertising giants like Lowe Lintas and Contract, magazines, real estate agencies and individual clients. He has worked for brands like Google ( Documentary for 360 degree virtual tour), Woodland (Foot Wears), Hero (Bikes), Maruti Omni, Unicef, Hindustan Times and Alewa images. He has also made his mark in the world of food photography. He now has the privilege of working with the Indian Institute of Photography (IIP) as a member of their faculty.

If there’s one thing that’s of utmost importance to him in photography, besides the technique, it is the art of framing your photographs. And, to master the art Shahjahan says, you need to get out on the streets with your camera, free and curious and simply trust your instinct. That is exactly what he did.

Harish Jaiswal
Professional Photographer

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.

Harish is associated with IIP with a vision to solely handle its Mumbai region for its various courses and operations. Harish engages with its students in such a way that the learning in photography becomes easy and full of fun and enthusiasm. His expertise on shooting is apart from the contemporaries and decades old experience gives students a lot easiness in understanding the science of camera.

SPS KALRA
Renowned Fashion Photographer worked with almost all celebrated male & female models of the country.

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.

NEERAJ SHARMA
Bachelor's degree holder in fine arts (BFA)- Graphics from college of arts Chandigarh.

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.

DHIRAJ ANAND KHATRI
Electronics and communication engineering and post graduate in marketing and strategy
MDI Gurgaon

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.

SAMEER ASHRAF
Filmmaker and Academician

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. Sameer is also a passionate artist and layout designer with a love for transforming the canvas with oil and acrylic colors.

MR. GOPAL SHARMA
J.J. College of Arts, Mumbai.

Mr. Gopal Sharma is a veteran and honored photographer, an alumnus of the prestigious J.J. College of Arts, Mumbai, he has been exploring almost all the genres of photography for decades, particularly, the Himalayan Photography.

Rewarded with so many awards and accolades for his outstanding photographic works, he has been traveling extensively all over the Himalayan mountain range in his unstoppable mission of photography. He is the first photographer from India who travelled by his motorcycle to Khardung La for photography exploration, the world's highest motorable road that serves as gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys in Ladakh at an altitude of18,379 ft.

He has come a long way while capturing the natural and wildlife beauty around him. His relentless pursuit of photography is exemplary and his passion for photography is simply never-ending. His vast collection of rare photographs is a scintillating experience to view at. Now, in association with IIP, Gopal Sharma is all set to share and offer his proven photography skills and vast experience with the photography enthusiasts across the nation.

C.P. Rashmi
Media graduate currently a PhD. Scholar at Behrampur University

C.P. Rashmi “My passion for visual communication gives meaning to my existence”. A media graduate currently a PhD. Scholar at Behrampur University; Orissa has dedicated a decade of her life training media graduates. Her area of expertise includes, Photography, Research, stop motion animation and print media design. Her research includes papers published in national and international journals

C.P. Rashmi has served for ministry of higher education, Sultanate of Oman. In India she has been associated with premium Institutes like Amity University, GGSIP University, Galgotias University, GJU Hissar. Her industry association includes organizations like The Statesman, Hindi Daily AAJ, Jain television and IGNOU EMPC production Department.

Shiv Kiran
Documentary Photographer
Post graduate Diploma in Photography,Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication

Shiv Kiran is a young Delhi based documentary photographer. After doing masters in Computers he decided to follow his passion photography. “Photography is not just a medium of communication. It is a medium through which we can create a world, a world that we all know can never exist”.

Shiv worked with Rahul Lal and Rohit Lal as an intern and then did post graduate diploma in Photography, from Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication, Delhi. He is now a part of Fseven Photographers, a collective of professional photographers. He is a dreamer and likes to project his dreams through his photography. He is fascinated by surrealism, and enjoys making pictures that does not necessarily have a meaning, but more a feeling.

His works has been published in various National and international magazines like BBC Asia, Scroll.in, Invisible photography Asia, etc. He is also a part of yearlong photography project (Project 365) of Ekalokam Trust of Photography. He has also exhibited in International Photo Festival Ahmadabad and his work was projected in Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia) as a part of Project 365.

SHAKTI SINGH
Director Academics, IIP Visual Arts

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).

Ankur Baruah

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.

Mentors
TIM VOLLMER
Tim was born in Southwest Germany and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He has been interested in, and practicing, photography for over 20 years. Tim has been living in Iceland for the last 6 years and specializes in all aspects of photography in Iceland, including landscapes, architecture, portraits, nature (particularly birds), and travel. Tim enjoys getting to know others, discovering the many hidden gems in Iceland and spending time with his wife and children. He has organized and held countless Photo workshops and Photo tours in Iceland & Greenland.
PAOLO LO DEBOLE
Paolo lives in Italy and specializes in Italian architecture and portraits. His passion for photography can be infectious for any aspiring photographer. He has been a photographer for more than a decade, and his pictures of the Venetian buildings and concept portraits are the works of an extremely creative mind.
ASHOK SHARMA
Ashok gave up a successful career in banking to pursue his love for the camera a decade and a half ago. His experiments with photography led to a self taught approach to the art, which gives him a great insight into the problems an aspiring photographer might face. His work has been featured in established publications like the Times of India, The Sunday Observer, Discover India and many more.