© RAJAT GOYAL
I was eight when I got acquainted with a camera - 35mm SLR Canon EX-Auto (50mm f1.8), moved on to 120mm Agfa Isoly II and shifted to Hasselblad, Pentax and Nikon. Fascinated with movie cameras, projectors, processing black & white films in school's Photography lab and college's Film Appreciation Club, I learned more.
Observing life through lens became my passion. I also had a brief stint of Fashion Photography at JD Institute of Fashion Technology to have a feel of the industry. Packaged folios for young and aspiant models followed by Mr. & Ms. Delhi University contests and so on. Streams like - fashion, travel, industrial, still life, interiors, jewelry, designer cars, personalities, theatre, performing arts, people, art, fine art, journalism, art and culture and documentation have all being part of my working fields at some point or the other. 'Art Explorer' the tabloid on art and culture was founded, conceptualized, designed and published in association with an eminent art critic. Photography, research, editing and connecting with people keeps me occupied now...
" A self-taught, freelance photographer for two decades now- has an eye for details and rare sensibility that come naturally to him. He has traveled extensively to all parts of India and holds a baffling collection of photographs on various subjects. He has shot modelling portfolios, portraits, industrial and commercial assignments. People from the world of visual and performing arts form another area to elevate his creativity. His exclusive collection on religion, particularly temples give a distinct aesthetic experience in photography.
He was awarded a National Junior Fellowship in Photography (2002-04) for his project on 'Indian Temples' by the Department of Culture, Government of India. One of his photographs exhibited at Jehangir Art Gallery (PGI Exhibit A 2002 Images from deep witihin) was picked up by 'Orange' (Hutchison Max Telecom) Mumbai... "
Sanjiv Nair Art Critic, Art Historian, Editor Art Explorer