Dinesh Khanna Photography – Telling Stories in Color


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Dinesh worked variously as a Calculator Salesman, Garments Quality Checker and a Busboy in an Upper Eastside Bar in New York in his early years. This rather confused career path was due to his teenage belief that if he followed in his Photographer Father’s footsteps he would be yet another victim of the Indian caste system. This rebellion further led him to a 12 year long career as a Client Servicing Executive in Advertising where he finally achieved ‘burn-out’ at the ripe old age of 33 years and which left him with a burning desire to become a Professional Photographer.

So in 1990 he finally succumbed to what can probably be blamed on genetic coding – the desire to make images – both as a means of making a living and as a form of creative expression. The last 18 years have seen him involved in creating images for Advertising, Editorial and Corporate clients, specifically in the area of Food, Still-life, People and Interiors.

Also a body of Personal Work which has been exhibited in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, London, Edinburgh, San Francisco and New York. His latest Exhibition was “Tirtha – a Spiritual Journey” in December 07 in New Delhi. Besides this he has done 2 Pictorial Books – “Bazaar” and “Living Faith” – which were a result of over a decade of traveling through the traditional markets and religious centres of India. 18 years into the journey Photography is not just a profession and a passion but his means of understanding and feeling the world and life around him.

Besides continuing to do commercial assignments for International Magazines, Advertising Agencies and Corporates, Dinesh is also currently working on 3 Projects, which are very close to his heart, on “Benaras – Everyday in Eternity”, “Earning Dignity – from Art, Craft and Trade” and “Telling Stories – London, Paris & New York”.

Dinesh’s feelings about Colour: “Color is almost a language in India. It’s in food, clothes, on walls, in architecture. Color is such an integral part of life that to take it away would be killing a part of the story. As a photographer, I find color challenging. Black-and-white photography is almost easier as it makes the image alien to the way the mind sees things. Color is always around us. To transcend that, to show reality the way it is, and yet, have an interesting composition or an interesting moment is far more challenging.

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