ACE FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER WASEEM KHAN
advertising photography scenario in Bangalore is dominated by
the likes of WASEEM KHAN who began his career in photography
with his first camera, a Ricoh KR5, a gift from his father
during his schooldays. "I used to take pictures of flowers,
lizards, blades of grass and the occasional pretty girl I always
seemed to be able to con into shooting portraits! [smiles].
I have still kept the camera for sentimental reasons", says
Waseem. His first job was with Brooke Bond as assistant
sales and marketing manager. This gave him the opportunity to
shoot their products and factory.
A self-taught photographer, he has the "ability to vary my
style according to the shoot, the concept,
and the situation, and I feel for whatever I'm shooting at that
particular moment, because I try and reflect on film that which
I feel within me for the person or object I am shooting."
His two most passionate subjects are 'women' and
'food'. He is comfortable with people who he shoots and
this is his strong point. He uses the natural pose of models
to their best advantage and bonds with every single person he
Waseem was influenced by Sudhir Ramachandran another
famous fashion photographer. Waseem says, "At a time when
photographers were very secretive, Sudhir did not see me as
competition, but as someone who loved photography and wanted
He invited me to watch his fashion shoots, taught me the meaning
of openness and to share my knowledge with
others. Most of all, he gave me encouragement."
He likes the Kodak E100 VS and Ektachrome EPP
for his colour transparency. And for his B&W work he uses
Kodak T-Max 100 and 400. For all his professional work,
his favourite camera is the Mamiya 6 x 7 Pro SD with
the 180mm lens. His choice of lens is the 200mm f/4
for the odd model portfolio that he shoots.
His shoots… Every year I do a calendar for Spice Telecom
- a mobile phone operator from Bangalore. They give me a chance
to shoot with the best names in the country, people like Lisa
Ray, Ananya Dutt, Malavika Singh, Zahira Lakdawala, and
For this year's calendar, the models I chose were Bipasha
Basu, Sheetal Mallar, Madhu Sapre, Ujwalla Raut, Nina Manuel
all from Mumbai and Shonali Rosario from Bangalore,
all of whom are the super models in this country. Recently I
did a shoot for 'Planet Kids' and I enjoyed it. I love kids
and it was easy communicating with them.
His favourite model…
Jackie Besterwitch - there is a special rapport, we can
understand each other's communication. I don't have to make
her understand too many things while shooting. Apart from her
I like Ujwala Rao and Lisa Ray.
favourite make-up artists…
I like Vipul Bhagat from Mumbai, Anil Chinappa,
R Raghunath, Asha Lata and Leila Sharma, who is excellent
at wild and wacky looks.
His favourite location…
Manchinbelle Dam is my favourite outdoor spot. I discovered
it sometime in 1995.
Apart from photography, Waseem loves to cook and do a little
bit of work out. He enjoys meeting new people, " My main
kick is to play mental games with people," says Waseem,