Rajan Kapoor is an industrialist-cum-artist who has extended his passion for art to creative expression through photography.

Over the years, he has created a niche for himself in the world of photography and has been conferred with several national and international awards including the National Award, 1991 and the National Wildlife Photographer Award, 1994. He has also won the Common Wealth Photographic Award 1999 – 2000.

His works regularly feature in several international publications of repute including the Yearbook of Photography-UK, one of the most sought after photography annuals in the world, known for publishing award-winning pictures.

Rajan has exhibited his work at several exhibitions including two solo shows at the National Centre for Performing Arts. Working extensively in black and white, he extends a painterís magic to his photographic frames. His recent exhibition, held at Mumbaiís most prestigious, Jehangir Art Gallery, called ďArt thru the lensĒ, was a run away success. It was viewed by more than 100000 people, over a week.

Rajan has produced a Book on Pushkar, along with Historian Aman Nath who has provided the text and design. The book titled ‘Brahma’s Pushkar’ published by IBH was released by Hon. Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh in Delhi.

Rajan has utilized the medium of photography in aid of humanity. His Successories, a set of 12 motivating pictures produced and donated to Helpage India has helped the organisation raise a substantial sum from corporates and general public. He has done a similar set for the NGO, KHUSHII promoted by Wisden Cricketer – Kapil Dev.

Rajan is also involved in preservation of environment and works through several forums including Corbett National Park, where he recently helped upgrade the boarding facilities besides producing a calendar of the park for several years.

Rajan runs a successful lighting company and exports world wide, mostly to the leading departmental chain stores around the globe. When time permits, he plays Golf, maintains a single digit handicap. In 2005, he was captain of the team that represented India in the World Corporate Golf Tournament in La-Manga Spain.

 

Inspiration

For me the journey into the photo-world began in 1990, when I bought my 1st camera. By this time technology had advanced to auto focus, so shooting a picture had become comparitatively easier. In the present scenario, Digital has brought in sea-change into the world of photography.

Film photography had a very limited scope of varying a picture after it was shot and was confined to the dark room. The Digital world has totally different dimensions, however in the end, it’s the man behind the view finder who matters. After all, it’s about capturing a moment or an action or a landscape with correct lighting and its composition that makes an interesting picture.

This is my first exhibition, where some of the pictures are digitally shot, may it be the Tea Gardens in Darjeeling, Dharamshala or the Nilgiris. Some of these will appear in my forthcoming book on Indian Tea called “Chai”. Besides there are pictures from Rajasthan, Corbett Park and----------
While shooting I do feel closely connected to the subject, the lighting and composition seems the most important elements of my pictures.

 

WHY pics were Clicked

It’s been a long time that I have had painting as part of my professional practice which requires me to create different compositions and experiment with textures on canvas inside my studio. This has led me to further my research with a camera into the elements of painting that can be found as outcomes of natural processes and random events. This for me has led to the dematerialisation of the concept of a painting requiring the hand of an artist. I have realised that seeing beauty in the path we walk by is an affirmation of art being inherent in nature.

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