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JURYInternational Photography Awards

Photography Awards 2018

Dabboo Ratnani



A name that is synonymous with excellence & creativity. For over two decades Dabboo Ratnani has continued to master the art of photography. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to fashion and magazine layouts, Dabboo has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style of his profession.

Known for his unassuming disposition, sincere dedication and an eye for making his subjects seem surreal, lens-legend Dabboo Ratnani’s resume shrieks names that scrape the upper echelons of Bollywood’s aristocracy. Some of these celebrities have refused to shoot with anyone but the man himself. Mr. Bachchan, Michael Jackson, Boris Becker, Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Sachin Tendulkar, Sanjay Dutt, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sania Mirza are just a few who deem this man as the only one who can capture the good despite the bad and the ugly!

Always accommodating and admirably relaxed, never pushy but gently persuasive, Dabboo has a knack of getting his pictures despite the odds…
Dabboo is one of the most famous of modern, portrait n celebrity photographer. The near iconic stature that he has acquired has not diminished his human traits. His gregarious and easy relationship with his subjects infuses his work and humor. The stars trust him as he combines sensitivity with allure.
Born on December 24, this easy going Capricorn unveils his annual calendar every year since 2000 on his birthday. Dabboo’s annual calendar is a collector’s item and is eagerly awaited with bated breath by the Bollywood fraternity. It is sent out to clients, friends and prospective clientele. Over the years the same is now being shot purely for his creative satisfaction. “My Calendar is a platform to showcase my work. I aesthetically shoot them like they have never been seen before and I style the picture the way I imagine. I experiment with lighting, angles, background and location. The stars often do co-operate with my experimentation and fortunately, I do manage to get my ‘first times’ out of each star. The calendar has a shelf value of a year and its very important for the image to tell a story with in itself. This is one product I can truly call my form of art”, he confesses.
Dabboo believes photography is a blend of art and business.  He expresses’” I am as excited about my job as I was on my first day. The fire is still there. I breathe photography. I am always looking for new things to incorporate in shots. Its in my blood stream now”.

Dabboo is a free spirit who has an artistic license and needs the freedom to pursue his muse.