Fashion and Advertising Photography

Panel Discussion

Date: Apr 19, 2018
Time: 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm IST
Venue: Goethe-Institut Chennai


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Venket Ram is a commercial photographer based in Chennai. For over 18 years, he?s been working with various advertising agencies & publishing houses across India. He?s also been working with the film industry, shooting for the promos for over a hundred movies. He strives for perfection for every picture he shoots. He takes great care in composing each frame & pays great attention to detail. His significant brand campaigns include: Ponds, Reebok, Citibank, Cadbury?s, Alpenlibe, Pepsi, Mirinda, Coca Cola, Fanta, Big FM, Airtel, Tata Sky, ITC Limited, Aircel, Tata Docomo, Fairever, Life Style, MRF, Cavin Kare, Bru, Nescafe, Taj Group of Hotels, Club Mahindra, Parryware, TVS, Ashok Leyland, Henko, Apollo Hospitals, Samsung, ColorPlus Menswear, Prince Jewellery etc.

Kunal Daswani is one of Chennai?s leading photographers with over a decade of experience in the field. He has shot everyone from celebrities to sports stars, famous personalities to politicians. Some of his clients include Royal Enfield, The Hindu, MRF, ITC, GRT, Sterling Holidays, Ashok Leyland, most of the city?s leading jewellery brands and more. Known for his food shots, he has also shot for some of the best restaurants in the city and hotels like ITC, Park, Hyatt, Radisson and GRT Group of Hotels, among others. He has shot with national and international advertising agencies across the country and for some of the biggest magazines including GQ, Verve, Galatta, Just for Women and more. He enjoys shooting interiors with a specialised technique called ?light painting? and is a fan of travel photography as well. Above all, he believes in shooting pictures that tell lasting stories.

Pretika Menon is a conceptual visual artist based in Mumbai. Dissatisfied with the popular visual content on social media she strives to introduce imagery that has a strong narrative blended with her fine art ?almost painterly? approach and attention to detail. Starting in her hometown Madras in 2010, her work has always been experimental and away from pop culture and it?s requirement that women are ?pretty, delicate and happy flowers?. ?There is so much more on the emotional spectrum that we have yet to explore, I wanted to start a dialogue about it. Fashion does not have to objectify either gender, it can be multi-faceted and realistic.? Pretika worked in Chennai as an independent photographer for 4 years, being extremely selective of the kind of brands she worked with. She moved to Bangalore in 2014 to join Myntra as a senior photographer of marketing. There she understood aspects of commercial fashion photography, working with big productions and teams whose objective was to cater to Myntra?s ever-growing E-commerce marketing requirements. In 2016, Pretika quit Myntra and has been independent ever since.

Renuka Retnaswamy is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, USA, Renuka Retnaswamy enjoys shooting Editorial and Fine Art. She has been published in various magazines such as Lucy?s, NO.3 Magazine NYC, Elegant, Femina and Smart Photography. She lives back and forth between India & L.A

Priyadarshini Ravichandran is an advertising and fashion photographer based in Chennai. She loves textiles and looking at photographs. As a photographer working in fashion, she likes to explore the ideas of beauty and dive deeper into a human being?s relationship with clothing. She finds it a pleasure to co-create ideas and imagery with designers in fashion and people exploring different mediums. She enjoys working in platforms that integrate environmental and societal aspects into their process. At the moment she?s attempting to make fashion imagery accessible and as close to real life as she sees it. The fashion industry has a terrific impact on the planet and the people, so she feels responsible for what she chooses to photograph and put out, to been seen and consumed.

Moderated by :

Madhavan Palanisamy (Maddy)worked in advertising before finding his true calling ? Photography.

He loves portraiture, fashion and conceptual work. He has shot successful advertising campaigns for Indian Army, Asian Paints, CSK, CCD, Zoho, Tanishq as well as created fashion intimate work for designers like Naushad Ali, Nupur, VK, Kalpadruma. He likes to explore a parallel universe that is filled with magic realism and to make images that are pure, personal and intuitive.

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