Symbiosis School of Photography


Chirodeep Chaudhuri

Chirodeep started his career in journalism as a trainee reporter. Since then he has worked with a host of other magazines, newspapers and also a travel website. He has worked as the picture editor for the international arts and culture magazine (Timeout) for their India editions and is presently the editor of photography of National Geographic Traveler magazine's India edition.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed "A Village In Bengal: Photographs and an Essay" and "The Commuters' and his works have been published in a variety of books documenting the architecture and heritage of his home city, Bombay. His works has been exhibited extensively in India and also in the USA, UK and China and is part of the permanent collections of the Peabody Essex Museum; Salem (USA), Museum of Photographic Arts; Houston (USA) and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan) and many private collections in India. He is based in Mumbai and divides his time between his independent practice, his job and teaching assignments.

Linda Adele Goodine

Is an artist, trained in photography, modern dance and installation art, she has remained committed to her role as an educator, which she has held since 1981, while continuing to exhibit her work. She consistently endeavors to create socially conscious art that promotes dialogue and positive change.

The concepts of political activism, environmental issues, the politics of the body, and the nature of the intersection of those three, have always been influential to her work. Poetry and literary references have been a rich source of inspiration for her working process, as well. Stanzas from poetry and imagistic figures from the Magic Realists have been starting and ending points, often times becoming the titles of completed works. Much of her work is created in that liminal space between dreaming and seeing. Her purpose for much of her image making is to represent a still-life in one frame, layering foreground, middle ground, and background, to create a relevant historical, social, and cultural document. That document is designed to serve as, not only a timely record of place, but as a v

Mr.Rafeeq Ellias.

An award-winning photographer and cinematographer, Rafeeq began his photographic career in Japan in 1974 while creating advertising for Japan Air Lines, Suntory Whiskey, Imperial Hotel, TIME Magazine and assignments for the New York Times Travel Section.
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His print work has received over 40 awards in India and around the world, ranging from the Communications Arts Guild in Mumbai to ADASIA to Graphis Press in Switzerland, The Art Directors Club of New York. His films include his first 16 mm documentary as a cinematographer for Britain's Channel Four on the Kumbh Mela The Nectar of Immortality, Slum Mumbai. His fourth film The Legend of Fat Mama won two National Awards.

Kirtan Mistry

Kirtan is a Mumbai based graphic designer. He excels in the skills of retouching and image manipulation. He has worked with many famous photographers and magazines for e.g. Dabboo Ratnani, Vikram Bawa, Mandate magazine, Star week magazine, Society magazine.

Mukesh Parpiani

Mukesh Parpiani is a renowned photojournalist with a career spanning close to four decades. He is the Head of the Piramal Gallery and the Centre of Photography as Art at the National Centre of the Performing Arts in Mumbai. He has also been recently appointed as an Honorary Member of the Photographic Society of India.

Rafique Sayed

Rafique Sayed is among the very few internationally known famous Indian photographers. He excels in Advertising, promotional, fashion and editorial Photography. Name a high end Advertising campaign and he has done it.
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His Black and white images are treat to watch, absolutely unmatched!!. You cannot find a more modest, self-evolved and down to earth Photographer in India. He is among the very few who develop their own style. In fact you cannot label him as a particular category of Photographer. His vision goes beyond that definition. His talk and communication is full of imaging art and science. To students he is an institution by himself. Visit his site and you will say he gives gold for gold!!

Amit Ashar

Amit Ashar is a photographer based in Mumbai. His commercial work spans across advertising, promotion & publicity, editorial & lifestyle and photo documentary.
His personal work is titled 'The Phenomenal Magic of the Ordinary'; 'It's what I do when I am not working. Its me.' says Amit.

Omkar Chitnis

Omkar Chitnis is a Mumbai based photographer. He completed his graduation from J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai in 2007 with photography as Major

His college years not only groomed him aesthetically but also provided him with a sound understanding of photography as well as related media. Having assisted the ace fashion photographer Prasad Naik, Omkar started on his own in 2009. In past few years he has worked for clients like Kaya Skin Clinic, Red Fm, Vodafone, Reliance, Officers Choice, Yes Bank, Axis Bank, Wagh Bakri Tea, Aquaguard, Aquasure, In.Com, Basil Leaf, Vinegar and many more. He believes in learning by best of his abilities & making most of any opportunity.

Dilip Yande

Dilip Yande has been in advertising photography for over 23 years. Fashion & Portraits has always been his forte. In 23+ years span he has done assignments for agencies like Mudra, RK Swamy, Lintas, HTA, McCann, Avenues etc.

He has also shot for magazines like New Women, Showtime, Glad Rags and also handled brands and companies like Bombay Dyeing, Birla Century, Century Cotton, Raymond, Hindustan Lever, Godrej Boyce and many more. He has also conducted photography workshops for Canon, Raheja Institute, Rachana Sansad, BD Somani Institute of fashion technology. He regularly writes articles in Smart Photography on fashion.

Shashikant Gawali

A man of simple living and high thinking...Shashikant Gawali! The one who has the vision to carve the creativity from a layman and has the caliber to put forth the vision into reality! The one who drinks glassful of creativity every day! The one who established MANTHAN - The School of Creative Art and Advertisement in 2003 which has been the creative charger of thousands of minds.

Shashikant Gawali completed his foundation course from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya securing 3rd rank in Maharashtra state. Afterwards he completed GD Art from Raheja School of Arts& then graduated from Sir J .J School of Arts in 1994 creating a benchmark by ranking 4th in Maharashtra State. Today, he has over 20 years of teaching experience.
His experience of 10 years at Raheja College with art students only led to the belief that creativity is not just restricted for art background but is universal. Creativity is the basic need of mind. Hence he realized the need of a new platform for non-art background student. And so MANTHAN - The School of Creative Art and Advertisement was founded. In today's times, MANTHAN is one of the best institutes for the advertising career which is dedicated to creativity in its own way. Around 4000 + students have drunk the potion of creativity at MANTHAN only to rejuvenate their sparkling career in top 10 creative & advertising agencies. He is also the director of Doodle Social Ad Festival which is arranged every year by MANTHAN for a quest of creative minds.
Adding to his credentials, he has also shared experience in BMM department at various institutes in university of Mumbai. He has guided number of career guidance seminar in & outside of Mumbai which has led people to change their mindsets.
The last but not least point about this man is that he has been the Winner of Maharashtra State Art Award for consecutive 3 years, winning all 4 awards in 2013.

Sandeep Mhatre

After graduating from sir j.j. school of applied art in 1982, he studied at Rhode island school of photography USA He studied advertising at Xavier's institute of communications. Later with his wife Debbie he opened an advertising studio and he is in the field of commercial and advertising photography for last 25+ Years.

Later with his wife Debbie he opened an advertising studio and he is in the field of commercial and advertising photography for last 25+ Years. He at present has 3700 sqft of studio and he is geared to undertake projects that require co-ordinations, catalouges, set-making, Props, food shots etc. Though he has been shooting all types of advertising pictures, products and still-life photography has always been his first love. it isn't surprising that his clients think of him as a problem solver when it comes to tricky shots.

Ian Pereira

Ian Pereira's love for Photography was very natural as his father Brendan c Pereira, a creative director and co-founder of chaitra advertising (now leo Burnett) and a legend in the history of advertising discovered his talent and nurtured it.
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He is the author of the critically acclaimed "A Village In Bengal: Photographs and an Essay" and "The Commuters' and his works have been published in a variety of books documenting the architecture and heritage of his home city, Bombay. His works has been exhibited extensively in India and also in the USA, UK and China and is part of the permanent collections of the Peabody Essex Museum; Salem (USA), Museum of Photographic Arts; Houston (USA) and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan) and many private collections in India. He is based in Mumbai and divides his time between his independent practice, his job and teaching assignments.

Guru Dutt & Sharmila

Guru Dutt & Sharmila are Corporate, Industrial & Aerial photographers who have undertaken several complex photographic assignments for reputed Corporates all over the world. They have photographed Gold,Zinc,Coal,Copper Mines, Aircrafts, Ships, Oil Rigs, Factories, Hospitals,Educational Institutes etc.
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They have specialized in shooting complex situations requiring special lighting, Corporate Executive Portraits and exclusive Corporate Ambience. They use high resolution Digital Cameras & state of art lighting equipments giving crisp & stunning images. In 25+ yrs Span they have done assignments for L& T, Hindustan Petroleum Ltd, Sahara (I) Ltd.- Aamby Valley, NPCIL- Nuclear Power Corporation India Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, Reid & Taylor, Jindal group, Ispat, Bharat Forge, WELSPUN Group, Kirloskar Group, Force Motors, Infosys Bangalore, Wipro-Bangalore, Thermax, Bajaj, HAL- Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, NALCO, Harvard Business School, ICI-UK, GKN Group-UK, Accenture-USA, McKinsey-USA, Morgan Stanley-USA, Turner Broadcasting-USA amongst several other clients. They have shot exclusive co

Jagdish Agarwal

Jagdish Agarwal is a black and white fine art photographer of international repute. The first photography exhibition where he won the 1st prize was the Indo-American Society Annual Photography Exhibition in 1969. The same photograph later won the 2nd prize in an All India Photography Exhibition, where Raghu Rai won the first prize.

Subsequently he has won over 50 awards in photography exhibitions in India and Abroad. He has had eight one man shows of photography. His one man show of black and white fine art photography, during Festival of India celebrations in USA in 1985 was widely appreciated. His recent one man show of black and white fine art photography titled "Looking Back – 40 Years of Love with B & W Photography" in 2011, was in all the three air-conditioned Exhibition Galleries, a rare honour reserved for only very senior artists. In this show he sold hundreds of prints. He is also the Founder of the first Photography Library of India – Dinodia Photo Agency started in 1987. He represents hundreds of photographers and has lakhs of photographs on In his career Jagdish Agarwal has sold thous

Anil Gandhi

Anil Gandhi is a very modest and down to earth photographer. Basically a self-made photographer. Achieving perfection in craft and art over period of time. Learning from books and practicing was the name of the game. He never assumed anything in photography as easy. Over confidence spoils everything, so he gives 100% to every assignment he works on.

After all, if agencies like Lintas, Ogilvy and Mather, Everest, Rediffusion and JWT insist on having you represent their clients through your photography, it is no mean feat. Film photography has evolved to digital. Yet, Anil Gandhi, is most happy and still as earnest as a young child with a new toy when he is in his studio shooting something as simple as a silk cloth. While many photographers might claim that, to shoot this piece of cloth is a piece of cake, only Anil Gandhi will tell you "If I'm shooting silk, then it should give the feeling of softness and smoothness of the fabric. " And he then works his magic with the lights and the camera and slowly steps into the realm where mortal photographers only wish to venture into. One cannot say that about many artists in this field. To ma

Vinayak Puranik

Mr. Vinayak Puranik is in the field of photography since 1976 having had a very good relation not only with the photographers from all over the India but also with the photography industry. His work has been appreciated globally and covered by several TV and Print Medias. SMART PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE (November 2014) Wedding Special featured his unique style of wedding photography. At present he is a director and co-founder of APAC.

Mrs. Archana Joshi completed her basic academic education from Mumbai, later earned a Diploma in commercial arts from the reputed Nirmala Niketan College of applied arts in 1994. She has been an honorary judge for various art functions and competitions. Demonstrated easy Eco friendly ideas for several TV channels like Zee 24taas, Mi Marathi, Saam Marathi, Zee Namaskar show etc. Presently she is a co-founder, Art Director of APAC (Art Photography Adventure Craft) Training & Services.

Caterina Corni

Caterina Corni has earned a Master’s Degree in Art History, focusing on Modern and Contemporary Indian art at Università degli Studi di Milano. She began her career as an external collaborator for several magazines specializing in contemporary art, including the renowned magazine FlashArt. She developed her career through the curatorship of exhibitions in Italy and abroad for artists of an international standing.

From 2002 Caterina became a promoter of cultural events focusing on young emerging artists in the fields of painting, photography and video installations. She started to focus on Modern & Contemporary Indian Art in 2003. Through many periods of research in India (as well as continued contact and interaction with galleries, artists and collectors), She is currently working as an art curator as well as a consultant for private galleries, Institutions and collectors throughout the world

Fawzan Husain

Fawzan Husain is a photojournalist, a creative artist, and an educator ? Fawzan has spent 21 years as a Photojournalist and a decade as a documentary photographer. His work has been published in prominent Indian and International publications and widely exhibited in India and few galleries around the world.?

Fawzan held his first solo show in 1992; and have had nine shows and 12 group exhibitions since. He has published two coffee table books: `Between Bombay & Mumbai - 25 years in pictures through a changing city’. And `The Silver Screen & Beyond’ – Up close and personal with the Bombay Film Industry.?

Jayesh Sheth

Jayesh Sheth, is a well-known media personality, after having completed his Diploma in Photography from Sir J. J. School of Arts, he started his career in the year 1979. His conceptual and story telling Photography has created waves and this conceptual effort has ruled the hearts of the glamour industry for more than three decades.

One of the most well known and respected photographer in India , Jayesh Sheth is the recipient of the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award .

Yatin Dandekar

Yatin Dandekar is a Well known Fashion, Glamour and Commercial Photographer from Mumbai, he has spent more than 30 years in creatives and catering clients across the nation. A recognised expert in the field of fashion, Glamour, Commercial photography.

A graduated from L. S. Raheja School of Arts (Mumbai) with specialisation in photography, Yatin worked for several years as Visualizer and Art-Director in India’s leading ad agencies in the beginning of his career. There, with his power of visualisation, he told stories of various acclaimed brands.

Rohinton Mehta

Rohinton Mehta, popularly known as 'Uncle Ronnie' in the photography community, is a self-taught photographer with 40 years of teaching experience. He is the Technical Editor of Smart Photography, India's number 1 imaging magazine.

He is an honorary member of the Federation of Indian Photography, The Photographic Society of India, and The Photographic Society of Pune.

Arun K Mishra

Arun Kumar Mishra graduated in fine arts with photography as a main subject in year 1987. He joined the art department of The Illustrated Weekly of India, at The Times of India group, Mumbai. Later he worked with Mid-Day newspaper. He has also expertise in layouts & DTP. About his photography he says, "I photograph like a painter. I do a lot of homework. Prepare sketches, compositions; then I go out and hunt for those images.

His images of Kumbha mela received a lot of praise from the industry. He has published his images in Times of India , Dharmayung and other reputed media. He has exhibited in various places like Mumbai , Jodhpur, Biar, Kolhapur , Sholapur etc.