IIP Mentors

Rajesh Goyal
Director - IIP

An alumnus from the College of Arts Chandigarh, Rajesh Goyal started working as a professional photographer while still in college. With an experience of over 28 years in the world of Photography and Advertising, Rajesh Goyal is the vision behind the pioneering effort of online photography education in India.

Online photography in India had been practically unknown but owing to the exceptional blend of creative and entrepreneurial skills of Mr. Goyal, the endeavour could get a kick start. A zealous and passionate photographer at heart, Rajesh Goyal possesses a rare aesthetic sense and an eye for photography usually unmatched. His education in the College of Arts and his experience as a professional photographer, both have equipped him well to foray into the concept of online teaching of photography.

Incidentally, he had been a keen photographer since his early childhood. Talent and hard work earned him the title of a scholar and he was remarkably at 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.

Rajesh Goyal wasn't content with being an artist among photographers. Instead, he felt a mission in life, to pass on this legacy of art to the coming generation, to make photography the art of the masses. And that is where the dream of online photography education started taking shape. Pictures need to be cherished and enjoyed for a lifetime. It makes life immortal! Mr. Rajesh Goyal feels most satisfied to see how social media and the advent of internet have contributed to photography. It is now possible to learn photography and share the useful knowledge among friends with greater connectivity.

Mr. Rajesh Goyal in his formative years may not have had the newest cameras as the ones people have now. This had 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.

Today, with great pride it can be said that that the vision of Mr. Goyal has paid off. People from all walks of life can learn the art of photography sitting in the comfort of their homes, at their convenient timings and stay connected with the attentive faculty of IIP any time. It has extended its tutelage to 31 countries and is expanding its network constantly.

There has been considerable success in realising the vision of one man, Mr Rajesh Goyal. But his famous brain-child IIP still has still miles to go. With Mr Goyal’s relentless dedication and also with the help of a top notch team, IIP will soon break all barriers and be the world’s number 1 online photography teaching portal.

Shailesh Goyal
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.

Dr. Phil. Maja Jerrentrup
Faculty – IIP

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

Shakti Singh
Faculty – IIP

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).

Dr. Vikas Gupta
Faculty – IIP

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.

Dr. Bastian Reichardt
Faculty – IIP

Dr. Bastian Reichardt - Specialiing in ethics and political theory, Bastian Reichardt graduated from the university of Bonn(Germany).

His research and teaching interests include the philosophical and cultural significance of critical media theory(e.g. Michel Foucault) as well as aesthetical theories of film and photography(e.g. Walter Benjamin,Roland Barthes). In the field of photography, reichardt's practical focus lies onanalogue portrait photography.

Amit Hasija
Faculty – IIP

Amit Hasija’s photographs have entranced the clients for over a decade (10 years) with extravagant concentrating on fashion photography staging his unmistakable style.

Amit hasija’s interest in photography begins in Childhood day. He did his two-year Mastercraftmanship diploma in Photography at Shari Academy of Digital Photography, Amit has won most prestigeous award PIEA 2007 & PGI 2007.

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.

Jatin Jain
Faculty – IIP

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."

Amarjeet Singh Maggu
Faculty – IIP

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.

Ankur Baruah
Faculty – IIP

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
Faculty – IIP

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.

Dhiraj Anand Khatri
Faculty – IIP

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
Faculty – IIP

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.

Vineet Vashisht
Faculty – IIP

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.

Started Journey of photography from Triveni and did internship with a leading photographer from Delhi.Believe in one Quote in life" it`s all about your honesty and attitude towards your work"

Vishwas Sunita Shrivastava
Faculty – IIP

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.

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